SARC Works To Raise Money and Awareness Of Child Abuse In Benton and Franklin Counties
PASCO, Wash. - Leaders with Sexual Assault Response Center are working to make people aware of child abuse in Benton and Franklin County.
A project called Little People is set up at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
Small wooden statues surround the entrance room at the HUB and each statue represents a child abuse case in Benton and Franklin County from last year.
According to SARC there were about 500 cases that were investigated by police and they were the only cases that law enforcement had enough evidence to investigate.
The actual number of child abuse cases is much higher than 500.
Many other students that walked by the display said they were shocked at the number of child abuse victims in our community. Student Erika Romero said, "It's interesting. I was really surprised, I didn't actually realize there was that many victims ... It's sad."
SARC representatives said they put the project together to give people a visual of the magnitude of the problem.
They also report that only 30 percent of child abuse cases are even reported.
SARC leaders said they are also trying to raise money to fight the problem through the Little People Project.