Hundreds march to raise awareness of child abuse

Posted at: 04/22/2013 5:41 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. People walked to inspire hope, honor those lost and demand change.

For Tracey Martin, it meant a wave of emotions. Her granddaughter, Emma Rose, died from child abuse, and she wants justice.

"I hope these killers get put away," Martin said. "Emma no longer has a life. She doesn't get to walk this earth, and neither should he."

Organizers say it's the first nationwide walk of its kind, but for New Mexico, it's especially significant. 2010 statistics ranked our state 6th nationwide for child abuse and 2nd for deaths by child abuse, and those are just the confirmed cases.

"A lot of the cases go unknown, as far as people not reporting it," walk organizer Nicole Algarra said.

Marchers just wanted to see change.

"I hope to get awareness out there and I hope people see this before it actually happens to another child," Martin said.