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Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

In Lansing every year, there is a day set aside as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day. That day was yesterday. So, on the steps of the Capitol, people got up to speak, children  from an elementary group sang and dozens of people involved in organizations that work to keep kids safe stood in the rain to show their support.

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Today, we’re going to dive into the bureaucracy.

This is the story of a state program that’s improved the lives of children in Michigan, and why that program is ending –  at least for now.

The story starts with a woman we're calling "Mary."

Mary’s husband brutally abused her for years.

A little over a year ago, she found the courage to escape. Her husband is behind bars, but she still fears what might happen if he ever gets out, so we’re not using her real name, or the names of her children.