JOLIET – The Naperville Exchange Club recently gave the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center a $7,000 grant to assist in the fight against child sexual abuse.
Sean Kelley, a representative of the Naperville Exchange Club and a member of the organization’s Allocation Committee, presented the grant to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow during a recent meeting of the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Board.
The grant will enable the center’s professionally trained staff to continue conducting forensic interviews of children who are the victims of sexual abuse. The children’s statements, which are recorded in a non-suggestive, non-threatening environment, have been used in the successful prosecution of hundreds of sexual predators over the past decade.
State’s Attorney Glasgow, who established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995, thanked the Naperville Exchange Club members for a generous contribution that recognizes the important work the staff performs on behalf of vulnerable children. The center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that relies solely on grants, local funding, foundations and fundraisers to operate.
“I can’t thank the Naperville Exchange Club enough for its consistent support of the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and its critical mission,” Glasgow said. “The center has dramatically improved the way allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated. Since its formation in 1995, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of convictions against dangerous sexual predators.”
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center also is a member of both United Way of Will County and United Way of Grundy County. For more information, contact The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565, or visit the Web site at www.willcountychildadvocacy.com.