Hundreds walk in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to raise awareness of child abuse

Posted at: 04/22/2013 1:38 PM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 1:51 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Monday, hundreds of New Mexicans marched in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to raise awareness and call for an end to child abuse.

It was part of a national campaign called the “Million March Against Child Abuse, which organizers say is the first nation-wide march for the cause.

Everyone there had a reason to walk.

Tracey Martin lost her granddaughter Emma Rose to child abuse.

Emma’s mother’s boyfriend is charged with child abuse resulting in death.

“Nobody believes that it happens,” Martin said. “Nobody wants to look out there and say this is happening to our children; these children are out future, and I'm afraid now what our future holds for us.”

Marchers also wanted to raise awareness about the importance of reporting child abuse.

“That's the sad part about child abuse,” organizer Nicole Algarral said. “They estimate 10 kids die a day in the United States, but we only hear about the Casey Anthony’s and those kinds of cases- thousands go unreported.”