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Child Abuse prevalent in our area

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There were over 500 cases of child abuse investigated by law enforcement last year in Benton and Franklin County.

Today the Sexual Response Center brought out hundreds of what they call 'little people' to represent all of those children. The Center set up an area inside Columbia Center Mall for people to walk by and learn about the tragic reality.

Members from the Response Center say it is estimated only 30 percent of abuse is ever reported, but there are more cases that go undetected.  

"They can be your classmates, they can be your neighbors, they can be part of your church congregation, they can be anybody in the community and you're not going to necessarily know that they've been victimized by child abuse," Response Center's Renee Blackman said. 

The Response Center will place the figurines around the community in an effort to raise awareness and give community members a visual reminder of how often child physical and sexual abuse occurs. Starting Monday they will move the little people to Columbia Basin College.