CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists on Sunday demanded changes in the systems that have failed to protect children from abuse.
“All of these people are standing outside because we refuse to accept that; that we decided that we’re longer going to accept that little Black girls are not important to the city, to the Police Department, to services – this is a structural failure,” said activist Essence McDowell, “and all of these systems that are constantly failing Black girls need to be dismantled immediately.”
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The movement started after a CBS 2 investigation uncovered the case of a 10-year-old girl who was held at a Far South Side motel and repeatedly sexually assaulted by five men.
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Police mishandling of that case, and several others, allowed the offenders to go free.
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Protesters on Sunday called out the Chicago Police department and Department of Children and Family Services. The activists say they won’t rest until there’s accountability and systemic reform.