1,032 flags represent victims of child abuse in Lubbock County

Flags at Kastman Park
Flags at Kastman Park
Updated: Apr. 3, 2018 at 5:53 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Family Guidance and Outreach Center posted 1,032 blue flags in Kastman Park on Tuesday, as part of their Blue Ribbon Campaign.

Each flag represents the story of one confirmed victim of child abuse in Lubbock County in 2017 - heartbreaking stories that this organization hears every day.

"A second grade male asked me if it was okay to be left alone with his siblings for two or three days," Program Director of Family Guidance and Outreach Center Kim Vann said. "You assume the way that you're raised, the way and the safety of your home are what everybody experiences - we are learning that's not what happens."

The organization launched the Blue Ribbon Campaign to help people visualize how many child abuse victims there are in Lubbock.

"How do we let people know that there are 1,032 victims in one year here without saying the number so they can see it?" Executive Director of FGOC Abby Reed said.

The goal of this movement is to build and empower healthy families with a vision of a community without child abuse and neglect.

"Hopefully it will inspire people to move forward, empower their own family  so that they don't have victims of child abuse in their families," Reed said. "We hope to educate and also empower people."

The flags will be on display for two weeks at Kastman Park right off Indiana Avenue and the Loop.

The Family Guidance and Outreach Center plans to put these blue flags up again next year and every year until there are no more children tied to a story of abuse.

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