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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to Hold Awareness Walk


(Lake County, IL) The Lake County State's Attorney's Office's Children's Advocacy Center (LCCAC) in collaboration with Outpost CrossFit, and the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center will be hosting a "Course of Courage" fundraising event on Saturday, June 30, 2018 beginning at 8am at the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center 123 O'Plaine Road in Gurnee, IL 60031.

The "Course of Courage" will consist of a pet and family friendly event that will include activities such as:8am: Yoga in the LCCAC's Healing Garden; 9am: A 1-mile community walk and finish line celebration to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center 4275 Old Grand Ave in Gurnee, IL 60031

Along the route, families will be able to make stops to participate in family fun activities and to watch demonstrations by facility dogs Mitch, Hitch, and Browser!

"Our relationship with Zacharias Center is instrumental in affecting the systematic response to cases of sexual abuse. Together we can promote change, affect system-wide responses and change the culture," said State's Attorney Michael G. Nerheim. "Events like this help the community to see the value in organizations working together to make Lake County a safer place for our families."

About the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center

The Lake County Children's Advocacy Center is committed to providing a safe environment for child victims of abuse. The LCCAC is a child-focused center that coordinates the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. The center is committed to adhering to research-based forensic interview guidelines that create an interview environment that enhances free recall, minimizes interviewer influence, and gathers information for the multi-disciplinary team. The goal is to reduce potential trauma to the children we serve.

"We are proud to stand alongside the Zacharias Center to create awareness on sexual abuse in Lake County. This year the LCCAC will serve close to 1,200 children. Working together to provide victims services through advocacy, and outreach best addresses the needs of our clients," said Carrie Flanigan, Executive Director of the LCCAC. "We are grateful for the strong relationship with our community partners and we appreciate Outpost CrossFit helping to give us a voice," she added.


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