April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One Lincoln organization is trying something new to draw attention to the issue.
Dozens gathered today at the Child Advocacy Center near 50th and Garland streets to participate in the event.
Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler led the countdown to the balloon launch Thursday morning, which was held at the center. The event was geared toward increasing awareness of child abuse and pushing prevention.
Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center Lynn Ayers said of the event "We know for every one child that comes through our door, for every one case that gets reported, there's another 10 cases that go unreported. Those balloons were set to recognize those children who have the courage to tell and also recognize those kids that suffer in silence."
The legislative session may be over but that doesn't mean state senators won't keep fighting for their causes.Senators Amanda McGill and Colby Coash, both of Lincoln, were also in attendance. The senators say they've come off a busy legislative session where a lot has been done to help children.
"Every year we talk with the Attorney General's office about what is the new technology that perpetrators are using to abuse children and we have to stay ahead of that." said Coash. McGill added "This year we also had legislation on human trafficking passed which is very related." McGill and Coash say they're proud of what they've achieved in the legislature this session, but there's a lot more work to be done.