Mayor Gary Christenson recently met with members of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) to help bring attention to the “Now You See” campaign, which gives a voice to the victims of child abuse.
The Mayor welcomed Jacquelyn Lamont, a forensic interviewer and Director of Youth Safety and Outreach for the Suffolk DA’s Office and Annu Thareja, a family advocate at the CAC, to hear about their work serving children who have been physically and sexually abused and exploited. Lamont is the creator of the growing photo collection “Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids,” which features images of the eyes of abuse victims and their own words. The effort encourages discussion about experiences from victims in an effort to help others who have suffered or are suffering abuse while promoting the resilience of victims.
The Mayor once again participated in the “Now You See” public awareness campaign by posing with pictures from the collection for a photo that will be posted to social media. Two of the victims in the photos – Dave, came forward as an adult to report sexual abuse by his youth hockey coach, and Hannah, who at 15 was sexually assaulted by an older adult she had met online. The Mayor is eager to help bring awareness about child abuse and to support survivors.
For more information about “Now You See” and to view the collection online, please visit the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office website: http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/now-you-see-2/.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photos by City of Malden