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Norwalk's Youth Leaders Take a Stand

NORWALK, Conn. – About 100 high school students lined Washington Street on Monday evening, concerned for those who are younger than them and who are not as fortunate. "I want to help raise awareness for abused children," said Amy Lametta, a freshman at Brien McMahon High School.

Amy and the other students are members of the Senators Community Foundation, a program of the Center for Youth Leadership at McMahon. They participated in an annual candlelight vigil to honor the 9,800 children who were abused last year in Connecticut, including 1,530 in Fairfield County and 229 in Norwalk.

Child abuse hit the headlines recently after a mother and father were arrested in a case of their severely abused baby. And a 44-year-old man was arrested Friday in a child abuse case that involves a 15-year-old boy.

The students lined both sides of Washington Street for about an hour. Signs carried such messages as "Stop Child Abuse" and "Be a Foster Parent." Some passing motorists honked.

"I want to help the children who are getting abused so that they don't get abused anymore," said Johanna Areas, a freshman. "No child deserves that in this world."

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