This video accompanies a grant proposal to fund “mock courtroom” and “mock house” training facilities for the Child Advocacy Center at USC Upstate. The personal testimonials, statistics, and pleas these interview subjects shared were enough to carry this video uninterrupted by flashy media and graphics. It was a joy for me to take part in their mission during the creation of this video, and to meet so many professionals in the area who make the safety of children such a high priority. These individuals were so dedicated, our county solicitor had to submit his statements remotely while working around the clock on a current child abuse case.
Update: Funding to create the Mock House was approved in the spring of 2014; the facility will simulate real-world scenarios to train child care professionals and law enforcement to recognize signs of child abuse and neglect.