Helping victims of abuse to become victors

Local activists urged child sex abuse victims to become victors with a show of unity Monday morning in downtown Buffalo.

The group released balloons as a metaphor for sex abuse victims to release the burden they may carry by keeping their abuse secret.

The symbolic gesture happened just before noon at Niagara Square, when organizers cut the cord on bunches of balloons to urge sex abuse victims to share their stories.

Andre Scott said he was sexually abused as a child by a family member, a family friend and a teacher. He says for years he kept secret what happened to him, and soon it took over his life.

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