BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — "These children really are our future," says rally attendee Afton Collett.
"Every single child deserves to be a kid and have fun and we have kids in our community where that isn't exactly the case," says Boise City Police Chief Bill Bones. "We together can change that."
A call for awareness.
Thats what today's child abuse prevention rally stands for.
Hundreds marched to the State Capitol steps to shed light on a tough and dark subject.
"To think of them ever being violated, to ever think of them ever having to go through that and knowing that some of them have breaks my heart," says Afton Collett. "And I want to bring awareness, I want to let people to know this is real and it is important."
From cyber bullying, to physical and sexual abuse.
They came together armed with a message, in awareness there is hope.
"When somebody sees something that is unusual and just doesn't seem right, we just have to get people to step forward and ask that question," says Bones. "They can turn to law enforcement, they can turn to their schools, they can turn to the hospital. There are people across this community working to make a difference for this generation and future generation."
Organizers say that Idaho is one of only fifteen states in the nation that has made it a law to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
Making it our communities job to give a voice to Idaho children being abused or neglected.
"There are people working to make a change, there is people that care. It really is the responsibility of each and every member of our community in every position to watch out for the kids and the next generation," Bones says.