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Political adversaries unite to fight child abuse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a fight that crosses both state and political boundaries; a cause that has everyone on the same side.

It's the effort to end child abuse.

A rally designed to bring people together against abuse was held Wednesday, appropriately, at the Big Four Bridge.

We see their faces too often in courtrooms across Kentucky and Indiana. They are people accused of abusing -- even murdering -- defenseless children.

"I will never forget the image of that girl's head being kicked in," said Erin Frazier of Kosair Children's Hospital. "So that's what drives me." 

It's a cause that has brought together those who are normally political adversaries, like Republican Governor Matt Bevin, and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.

They were both part of the rally in Louisville to end child abuse.

"It's going to take every single one of us, looking out for all of our children, no matter where they live, and no matter situation they grew up in," said Beshear. "In the end, this issue is not political at all." 

In fact, Beshear and First Lady Glenna Bevin have teamed up to produce a series of public service announcements promoting child abuse awareness training.

"It's important for people to understand that child abuse occurs, that neglect occurs, and it is our responsibility as a community to fight this at every turn, to take ownership of it, and to weed it out of our own communities," Gov. Matt Bevin told WDRB News.

The fight also crosses state lines. Indiana's Attorney General crossed the bridge to lend his support.

"This bridge actually stands as a great representation -- a symbol for the partnership that we all share," said Greg Zoeller.

It’s a partnership to end the trauma for more than 20,000 children in Kentucky alone.

"From Indiana, Kentucky, no matter what political position you may be, protecting kids, and doing the right thing for kids -- everybody should be able to get behind that," said Pam Darnall, CEO of the Family and Children's Place.

This was the kickoff of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there was one piece of good news; Kentucky is no longer Number One in the nation in child abuse.

But, Darnall says, there is still a long way to go to improve matters.

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