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200 March Against Child Abuse

Posted April 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— More than 200 hundred people took to Nash Street in downtown Wilson Thursday, trying to encourage people to talk about child abuse and neglect.

Last year, 40 North Carolina children died from abuse, most of them were three years old or younger. Parents, officials, and teachers like Emma Edwards are doing what they can to keep the problems of child abuse in the public spotlight.

Organizers of the rally say that it is also designed to remind people that we are all affected by child abuse in one way or another. Even if we don't see it day in and day out, we end up paying for it in other ways, according to District Attorney Howard Boney.

The marchers hope their message of protecting kids from abuse will help prevent future violence for today's children.