Voices for 3000

Being a Voice
Sdg stepped up to be a voice for the children of Chicago who suffer in silence from sexual abuse. In April 2012, we designed and executed a one-day public exhibit in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago to bring awareness
to the subject during Child Abuse Awareness Month. The event titled "Voices for 3000" was in recognition of
the estimated 3000 cases of child sexual abuse each year that go unreported in Chicago alone. The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center are the first responders for these children and their families. 
The "Voices" exhibit design won the National Children’s Alliance Public Awareness Campaign Award –
$10,000 grant awarded to Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. 
3,000 stuffed animals were collected by donation months in advance for the project, and over 50 volunteers helped construct and destruct the exhibit, which was on display from sun up to sun down. The exhibit included 20 50ft mesh screens with messaging and silhouettes of children raised above the stuffed animals. The black mesh symbolized
the veil of silence and shame these children live under every day. 
The campaign included a microsite where people could learn more and sign on to "become a voice". 
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart and several other dignitaries spoke on behalf of the CCAC and addressed the issue of child sexual abuse. 
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