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Utahns join 300 cities nationwide in Million March Against Child Abuse

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Apr 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-22 13:32:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake City is one of 300 cities nationwide taking part in the Million March Against Child Abuse on Monday.

Anissa Martinez and Lucinda Martin have a passion for standing up for children and standing against abuse.

They say they first got involved with advocacy against child abuse when 4-year-old Ethan Stacy was allegedly abused by his mother and stepfather until he died in May 2010.

Now they spearhead advocacy events and are working to combat child abuse and hold perpetrators responsible for their actions.

"We would like to see harsher punishments. Tougher laws against crimes against children, that are committed against children and nationwide mandated laws," they said.

They're taking their message to the streets on Monday as part of the Million March Against Child Abuse, a day-long demonstration against child abuse.

Participants held signs of child abuse statistics and wore blue and white; the colors that represent child abuse awareness.

Monday's event in Salt Lake City went from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Matheson Courthouse.

For more information on the event, visit the Million March Against Child Abuse Salt Lake City Utah page on Facebook.