Following its inaugural launch in 2019, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center took a stand against child abuse with its Save Jane Awareness Campaign April 8.
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. It provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. DCAC’s partner agencies include Dallas County law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Health.
For the campaign, volunteers from around North Texas signed up to read the names and ages of 27,484 children who were victims of child abuse in Dallas County last year. Names were divided among various locations around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and will be read for more than 24 hours combined until each name and age is read aloud. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected, the pseudonyms “Jane” and “John” were used in place of their real names.
According to DCAC, all North Texans were invited to read a selection of names, and some influential names in the Dallas community signed up for shifts to do so.
The campaign included the following locations:
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, 5351 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228
- NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
- Dallas Love Field Airport, 8008 Herb Kelleher Way, Dallas, TX 75235
- Garland Police Department, 1891 Forest Ln, Garland, TX 75042
- Grand Prairie Public Safety Building, 1525 Arkansas Ln, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
- Irving Family Advocacy Center, 600 W. Pioneer, Irving, Tx 75061
- Park South YMCA, 2500 Romine Ave, Dallas, TX 75215
- South Dallas County Government Center, 8301 S Polk St, Dallas, TX 75232
“DCAC hopes that with the relaunch of the Save Jane Awareness campaign, North Texans will recognize the absolute urgency of child abuse issues in Dallas County, ” said Irish Burch, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center President and CEO. “When you let it soak in that it takes more than 24 straight hours to call out the names of each child victim, it’s heart wrenching. This has to stop and we are a force dedicated to eradicating child abuse in our city, and providing healing services to those who are the unfortunate sufferers to this terrible crime.”
For more information, visit DCAC’s website.