Month-long campaign fights child abuse in valley

Month-long campaign fights child abuse in valley

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by Natalie Podgorski

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 8:06 AM

BOISE --  Several Treasure Valley organizations teamed up this April for Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month.  This year, the groups launched the "Let's Talk About it, Idaho," campaign to get people in community talking about these important issues.

The campaign started in early April with a kickoff rally at the Capitol.  The rally has become a yearly event.

After almost a month, the organizations involved in the campaign are calling the program a success.

Roger Sherman, the Executive Director of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, says this year  the group's message has spread to new towns and reached more people than ever before. "That is the first step. When we start talking about it we start being aware, we start being knowledgeable, you know then we can start doing something about it," said Sherman.

The executive director of the Women and Children's Alliance, Beatrice Black, also felt the message of prevention reached more people this year. She credits some of the success to the collaboration of organizations.

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Commit 65, Idaho Children's Trust Fund, FACES Family Justice Center, Protect Idaho Kids, and the Women's & Children's Alliance were all involved in the campaign.

Boise radio DJ KeKe Luv also helped raise awareness for child abuse prevention by broadcasting live from different locations throughout the valley for 175 hours.

Even though April, Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month was a success, Sherman says he hopes people continue to talk about child abuse and sexual assault through the rest of the year.

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