DALLAS — A clothesline hanging outside the Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas represents every child who died from abuse or neglect in Dallas County last year.
There are 30 tiny shirts and dresses on the line, serving as a call to action during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Channel 8's Dale Hansen, who shared his own story of childhood abuse with WFAA viewers last December, that story on Monday.
"I was 10 years old. It was 53 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. I could take you to the very spot on the baseball field where that boy took me. I can describe it in disgusting detail," Hansen said. "Had that boy stolen my bike; if that boy had beaten me up and broken my nose and blackened my eyes and knocked out a tooth or three; if he had taken the baseball glove off my handlebars; if he had stolen the dollar bill I had in my pocket, I would have screamed for justice."
Hansen is using his own experience to encourage parents and kids to report child abuse and turn victims into survivors.