On Wednesday, I went through the exhibit called "The Lisa Project". It is a very powerful, interactive, multi-sensory exhibit about child abuse. Every kind of child abuse, (physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, neglect and domestic violence) were covered. It is a self guided tour with an i-Pod nano, where you walk from room to room with vignettes describing REAL children's lives. It begins with 6 year-old Lisa's 911 call:
Thursday, I volunteered for a 4-hour shift at the exhibit. This is not for the faint of heart. Many people become quite emotional or may be re-living their own real life traumas. (That is why they have licensed therapists present.) It was a very rewarding experience. Currently, The Lisa Project travels throughout California. It began in 2010 in Stockton, CA.
EVERY state should have one! It is an amazing and educational experience, and I was pleased to see so many youth attend. There were teen parents with their social workers, and several probation officers with their teen clients. High school students also volunteered to get community service hours. Here is a taste of what we saw: