Indiana has more child abuse cases than any other state in the country.
To raise awareness about the issue the Department of Child Services organized several vigils tonight.
All over the state, people gathered at vigils like the one at the Joy Rose Center in Elkhart.
They held candles and listened to stories of struggle and hope from survivors.
“I didn't know how I was going to get out of it,” described abuse survivor Christian Trost. “I didn't see any hope in the situation. I just felt like I was stuck and I think that with someone speaking into my life, I realized that there was hope there was people that would help me.”
DCS employees say that people can help stop child abuse just by being aware and being willing to report their suspicions.
Even though the state's number of child abuse cases is high, the rate of child abuse cases in Elkhart is dropping.
DCS says that shows the county is doing something right.
If you suspect that a child is being abused, call the Department of Child Services hotline at 1-800-800-5556.