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Guardians of the Children host events raising awareness about child abuse

Guardians of the Children host events in North Platte on Saturday.
Guardians of the Children host events in North Platte on Saturday.(Marresa Burke)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 8:15 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Guardians of the Children hosted a walk and candlelight vigil to raise awareness about child exploitation on Saturday.

Members of the community gathered at Keith Blackledge memorial park with signs expressing their support in protecting our youngest residents. This event was about educating the public, bringing awareness to human trafficking and being there for the children.

President of Guardians of the Platte River chapter Mark Russell expressed how this is more than just posting a hashtag on social media but through actions we take in our communities. Russell said “We cannot let our silence drown out their cries. We have to be a voice to the children.”

Later that day, the Guardians of the Children chapter of North Platte, along with other chapters across the nation, held a candlelight vigil raising awareness about child abuse in their respected communities.

“There are so many cases. I think last year there were 343 cases of child abuse in Lincoln County,” said Nate Yancy, member of the North Platte Guardians of the Children. "This year, I am not sure yet. We haven’t got that total. That’s a lot of cases for children that we don’t need. We need to fight it, so that is why we are here.

They hope events like this will shed light on the issue and how everyone can come together and protect our children.

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