Children travel to Topeka to raise awareness for child abuse

Isaiah and Damien Thouvenell of Marion said they had a good time visiting the capital building in Topeka in April.

They were among more than 100 kids from counties across the state who gathered for an event called 105 Reasons to Prevent Child Abuse.

The children stood on a map of Kansas on the floor of the visitor center as part of the Child Abuse Prevention Month, each of them standing on their own home county. While they hadn’t been abused, they represented children who are.

Afterward, they were taken around a guided tour of the capital, and even got to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the rotunda.

“I didn’t go all the way up because it was scary,” Isaiah said.

Damien said he didn’t want to go all the way up but did with his mother, Nikki Reid.

Reid said the hardest part was getting all the kids to stand still for a picture of them standing on their counties.

 

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