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April 6, 2016 • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington 

Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center on Wednesday, April 6 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with “We exist,” a public awareness exhibit on Daley Plaza. Large displays feature children’s, caregivers’ and professionals’ stories on child sexual and physical abuse. The exhibit calls on adults to take action to prevent, recognize, respond to and report abuse. 

New this year, NFL Alumni Association Chicago Chapter members will show their support for children and families healing from abuse by volunteering onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In line with its mission of caring for children, chapter president Desmond Clark and other Chicago players (including Otis Wilson, Jason McKie, Ray Austin, Adrian Peterson) will join ChicagoCAC to commit to preventing abuse and supporting victims.

At noon, ChicagoCAC will host a press conference with speakers including Executive Director Char Rivette, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Judge Grace G. Dickler and NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter President Desmond Clark.

This exhibit is made possible through the generous donation of materials and labor from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.

Join us in taking action

As adults, we are responsible for protecting children. Here’s how you can help:

1. Make the call.

If you suspect a child is being abused, call the child abuse hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE.

2. Take the pledge.

Download a PDF of the pledge to print out, then take your photo with it and share on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to tag it #WeExist!

3. Know how to help. 

View our free resources now to learn how to prevent, recognize, respond to and report child sexual abuse. Plus, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with our resources and efforts to keep kids safe.

4. Get trained.

ChicagoCAC offers free and low-cost trainings for adults on preventing child sexual abuse, intervening during concerning situations and taking action when a child needs help. View our upcoming trainings at the center or schedule one for your workplace or community group. Our next free training is Keeping Children Safe on Tuesday, April 19. Register Now → 

5. Make a donation to support ChicagoCAC.

ChicagoCAC provides all of our services – including family advocacy and mental health therapy – completely free of charge. Donations help children and families on the path to hope and healing!

6. Spread the word.

Share the link to our resources (ChicagoCAC.org/resources) on Facebook and Twitter to help ensure that every adult knows how to keep kids safe.


Virtual gallery

Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter – be sure to use #WeExist!

For more information, contact Camille Richardson: (312) 492-3850 or CRichardson@ChicagoCAC.org