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A Siouxland school is speaking out against child abuse

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - One Siouxland school is on a mission to speak out against child abuse.

It's Blue Out Day at Sioux City's Riverside Elementary. Students and staff were decked out in the color blue to remember children who are victims. The school partnered with Mercy's Child Advocacy Center to teach students how to recognize abuse.

"We want all children to know, as well as adults, about child abuse," said Sherrie Schweder from Mercy's Child Advocacy Center. "Children often times don't recognize if there's something going on with them that isn't okay unless we provide some education to them."

Staff reminded the students when they recognize abuse happening, they need to talk to someone.

"We want that message loud and clear and if it should happen, tell those adults you know that do care about you, that they can indeed do something about it," said Riverside Elementary School Principal, Mary Motz.

The staff at Mercy said if there's anything happening to you that your not quite sure about, it's always okay to go and talk to a trusted adult, like a teacher or school counselor.
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