Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center holds annual fundraiser to help child abuse victims
A lot of people turned out Thursday night, to support a non-profit that supports children who are victims of abuse.
Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center held its 6th annual Auction for Advocacy -- A Night to End Child Abuse." News 10's Ann Emmerich helped with the live auction at the MSUFCU Headquarters in East Lansing.
Small Talk helps children and their families heal from trauma by providing therapy at no cost. The organization's Executive Director and its Founder say its the only child-friendly place for victims to get support through the investigative process.
Alex Brace, Executive Director, Small Talk, said, "We hope one day that we'll be able to close our doors and that Small Talk doesn't have to exist. But as long as child sexual abuse and physical abuse continues to be a problem we're committed to being a fixture of our community."
Lisa McCormick was Ingham County's former Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney when she founded Small Talk. She's currently serving as Children's Ombudsman for the State of Michigan, She says she's amazed at how the community has offered its support. "I think for so many years we've been unable to talk about it because we've been afraid about maybe how we are perceived. But its incredible. People have the strength to stand up and talk about it. And its not an easy thing to do but its important that we're talking about it in our community so we can improve what we're doing and make progress."
Right now there are 60 children in counseling at Small Talk. The organization also has programs to educate adults about how to recognize abuse and help prevent it.
"People have the strength to stand up and talk about it. And its not an easy thing to do but its important that we're talking about it in our community so we can improve what we're doing and make progress."
Lisa McCormick, Founder of Small Talk