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Little People Project Spreads Awareness for Child Sex Abuse

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RICHLAND, Wash. - An exhibit at WSU Tri-Cities is working to spread awareness about child sex abuse in our area.

The Sexual Assault Response Center has set up painted wooden children as part of the "Little People Project." The 464 figures on display represent the number of child abuse cases that law enforcement officers investigated in Benton and Franklin Counties in 2012.    

S.A.R.C. directors say while that number is still high, it's significantly lower than the 509 cases from the year before.

JoDee Garretson, the executive director for S.A.R.C. said,"Washington statistics and national statistics are showing a decrease in child abuse, and it's hard to know exactly why, but I think a lot of the different efforts of being able to talk about it, not making the topic taboo, must be helpful and I do think children are disclosing a lot earlier."

The Little People Project will be on display Monday and Tuesday at WSU, and then at Columbia Basin College for the rest of the week. 

Coming up on Saturday, April 20th, S.A.R.C and the Crime Victim Service Center will host a march where community members can show their support for victims of sexual abuse. It's free to attend, but anyone who does may be able to win a cash prize; the largest group will win $200, the second larges will win $100, and all groups and individuals will be entered to win a $50 prize. The one mile march begins at 11 AM at the Lord of Life Church, at 640 N. Columbia Center Blvd in Kennewick.