Cardboard kids tell story of abuse

Thousands of cardboard cutouts bring awareness to abuse, neglect in SA

Starting Thursday you might run into one of several thousand cardboard kids that will be popping up all over town.

You might find one in an office lobby, a playground or even in a grocery store. Don't just walk past and ignore them; they want to tell you their story.

Each cardboard kid has a name and a personal story of abuse and neglect to share.

They were made by volunteers from local nonprofits and other businesses around the city.

There are a total of 5,800 cardboard kids that will be showing up all over town on April 3 as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Some will even be found in random seats at the AT&T Center for Wednesday's Spurs game.

Fans will be encouraged to take the cardboard kids home and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

The campaign was started by ChildSafe, Bexar County's only children's advocacy center. The cardboard kids are meant to illustrate the child abuse problem and the fact that every victim has a unique story to tell.

If you find one of these cardboard kids, you are asked to take a picture of it and share it on social media with the hashtag #cardboardkidsSA.

Whether you use Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, the image will show up on a special tagboard with all the other cardboard kids.

ChildSafe hopes this campaign will get everyone talking about child abuse and thinking about what we can all do to prevent it.

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