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ORANGE CITY, IA (KTIV) -

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The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, but the effort to stop children from being hurt, should be year-round.

Friday,  members of the public, local law enforcement, the Department of Human Services and Seasons Center, gathered to raise awareness for children who have been abused in Northwest Iowa.

This rally is to not only end child abuse, but also to remember the life of Autumn Elgersma.

This July, Autumn would have celebrated her eighth birthday with her friends and family in her hometown of Orange City, Iowa. 

But back in 2013 at the age of 3, she died from abuse suffered at the hands of her daycare provider, Rochelle Sapp. 

Sapp initially told family Autumn had fell down stairs at her Orange City home.

But it was revealed she had been abusing the girl for months. 

Sapp was sentenced to 100 years in prison before it was cut in half. 

On the third anniversary of Autumn's death in 2016, Autumn's Center in Spencer, Iowa, opened its doors to to cater to kids abused physically and mentally, or have substance abuse problems.

Friday, people honored Autumn's life, and took the time to reflect on victims of child abuse and learn what our communities can do to help prevent it.  

Those attending the rally, heard from Autumn's mother, Jen, and her tearful speech about what more we can do to stop this epidemic. 

The rally was held at the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.

Dan Altena, Sioux County Sheriff says, if you think that a tragic event like Autumn's couldn't happen in your hometown- you are wrong. 

"Abuse happens everywhere, and Autumn's story brought that into light in our small county," said Dan Altena, Sioux County Sheriff. "And to have a tragic situation where a young girl like her was killed, at a daycare, really made people understand that it does happen everywhere."

The community members were also  invited to release balloons in honor of victims of child abuse. 


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A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States, according to childhelp.org.

Friday, members of the public, local law enforcement, the Department of Human Services and Seasons Center, are gathering to raise awareness for children who have been abused in Northwest Iowa.

"End It! for Autumn Rally" took place this morning in Orange City. 

Many people from across Siouxland attended the fourth annual End it for Autumn Rally.  

This rally is to not only end child abuse but also to remember the life of Autumn Elgersma, who lost her life back in 2013 from child abuse.

Three-year-old Autumn died in 2013 after suffering severe head trauma while under the care of Rochelle Sapp, her babysitter. 

Today, people honored her life and took the time to reflect on victims of child abuse and learn what our communities can do to help prevent it. 

Community members were also invited to release balloons in honor of victims of child abuse. 

Jen Elgersma, the mother of Autumn Elgersma, was also here today and made an emotional speech that had listeners in tears.

To report child abuse call: 
Iowa: 1-800-362-2178
Nebraska: 1-800-652-1999
South Dakota: 1-877-244-0864 

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