Community joins to raise child abuse awareness


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Members of the Terre Haute community came together to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect.

On Tuesday, Vigo County CASA held a candlelight vigil.

It was a joint venture with the Vigo County Department of Child Services.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

They work with children who are involved in the court system.

The vigil took place on the Vigo County Courthouse lawn.

It included the planting of a pinwheel garden to illustrate the number of abused and neglected children served in Vigo County.

“The most important thing that we can do is raise awareness about the child abuse and neglect situation, because it’s not warm and fuzzy. It is a serious matter and if we could just enlighten one or two people then we’ve done a good job,” Nikki Fuhrmneister, director of Vigo County CASA said.

This is part of a statewide event held at the exact same time in each county across the state of Indiana.

We also caught up with a child abuse victim, who spends her time telling her story in hopes to help kids.

Click here to hear LaShawnta Taylor’s full interview. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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