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People gather in Quincy to honor child abuse victims

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It might come as a surprise, but Adams County has a high child abuse rate and officials met Wednesday to honor the victims.

Representatives from the Quincy Police Department, the Adams County Sheriff's Office, and Advocacy Network For Children gathered as QPD officials raised a special flag.

The ceremony represented children who have suffered or died from abuse.

Advocacy officials say they could fill Quincy Junior High with the amount of child sexual abuse cases they've investigated since 1999, and says those victims should be remembered.

"We're coming together to remember the children's lives that were changed forever from abuse. Some of the lives are gone and we've been reminded recently because of all the deaths that have happened to children needlessly," said Advocacy Network For Children Executive Director Clairice Hetzler. 

Officials say more than 95% of child sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.

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