Champaign Children’s Advocacy Center promotes awareness

By Melissa Silverberg

Silhouettes of boys and girls will be put up at about 30 locations in the Champaign-Urbana area by Friday in promotion of the “Silent Witness” campaign by the Champaign County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The “Silent Witness” campaign will recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month for the second year with these blue silhouettes meant to represent the unknown and the known children that have suffered from neglect and abuse, according to a press release by the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Students at Mahomet-Seymour High School created the silhouettes with materials donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in Champaign.

The project attempts to bring public attention to the problem and possible solutions, according to the press release.

“We, as a community, have a responsibility to know how to recognize abuse and neglect and know the proper steps for making a report and getting help,” said Mike Williams, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, in a press release.

Silhouettes will be places at a few locations near campus including the Fiesta Café and other Champaign-Urbana locations.