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USD's Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment Helped Lead 'Children's Day at the Capitol'

Carrie Sanderson headshot Carrie Sanderson, the CPCM director, said it is important for child advocates in South Dakota to work together to address the problems of sexual abuse of children in the state.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM), a program of the University of South Dakota’s School of Health Sciences, helped lead advocacy for South Dakota’s children at the recently held “Children’s Day at the (South Dakota) Capitol.”

“CPCM, our distinguished partners and other child-support organizations in our state were able to educate community members and state legislators and leaders about the well-being of children in the state and about the many efforts and programs to support the welfare of children,” said CPCM director Carrie Sanderson.

The day-long educational event took place at the state capital and the capitol rotunda, and included presentations and discussions about corporal punishment, domestic abuse, sibling violence and interpersonal violence, as well as the showing of a film about sexual abuse.

The event featured frontline workers in child advocacy and almost two dozen South Dakota pediatricians.

“In South Dakota we all need to work together,” said Sanderson. “We’re too small a state not to work together and work smarter on behalf of our children.”

CPCM was founded in 2017 after a Governors’ task force identified the need for South Dakotans to address the problems of sexual abuse of children in the state. CPCM and several partners are helping create a sustainable network of child advocacy, public awareness and child protections.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News