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.