Children, state officials plant "Pinwheels for Prevention" to raise child abuse awareness

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"Our safe school institute will train school administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors, and resource officer on how to report recognize and disclose child abuse, neglect, and human trafficking", Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious said.

If one child in our community is abused, that is one too many.

"Wear Blue Day is a wonderful opportunity to show the impact we can all have on the families and children in our communities", said Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President and CEO.

The Nueces County Courthouse yard is covered with 172 pinwheels each pinwheel represents a child who has died as a result of child abuse in Texas over the previous year.

In 2017, Child Protective Services reported 1,203 cases of confirmed abuse in Lubbock.

- Empower children to make decisions about their bodies by allowing them age-appropriate privacy and encouraging them to say "no" when they do not want to touch or be touched by others, even in non-sexual ways.

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- Watch for "grooming" behaviors in adults who spend time with your child.

Three-quarters (74.8 percent) of victims were neglected, 18.2 percent were physically abused and 8.5 percent were sexually abused.

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. "However, that isn't the only thing that we all must do to prevent child abuse".

Locally, the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County provides services to children who have been in abusive environments.

A pinwheel garden was planted in Jackson's Austin Blair Park Monday to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. The pinwheel garden serves as an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. The hotline is created to provide one statewide, easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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