March in Rapid City brings awareness to child abuse - KOTA Territory News

People march in Rapid City to bring awareness to child abuse


Adults and a large group of kids marched in Rapid City to raise awareness about child abuse.    

While chanting and carrying signs showing support of preventing child abuse, people walked from Fifth and New York Street to the Pennington County Courthouse.

The Seventh Circuit CASA Program, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, and the Western South Dakota Child Protection council held the second Child Abuse Awareness March.

It's in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month.  Those involved say it's important to get the word out about child abuse and neglect.    

"What we really want to do is raise awareness to the people in our community on how serious the issue of child abuse is and really how prevalent it is. And there are things being done like the CASA Program to try and deal with all the children that are damaged by child abuse," said Scott Bader, Executive Director of the Seventh Circuit CASA Program.

" I think we gained a lot of support of everybody coming out and enjoying a good exercise walk as well as raising that awareness," said Amanda Scott, a CASA volunteer.

The Seventh Circuit Casa Program started in 1986, and since then they have advocated for more than 3,000 abused and neglected children.

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