A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
According to childhelp.com, every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children," Pinwheels for Prevention’s emphasis is to now transform that awareness into action. The organization now has that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds everyone of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.
“We are partnering with the Department of Child Services and Rush County,” Kathy Harrell, Program Manager for Rush County CASA, stated. “We are doing this event to bring awareness to people in our community, this is the main goal. There is an issue in Rush County with child abuse, but we also have so many people involved and helping victims.”
At 7:30 p.m. on April 8, speakers from DCS, CASA and Rush County government will speak about Pinwheels for Prevention. It will take place on the courthouse lawn. There will be a moment of silence by Center Christian Church and there will be a special performance by the Rushville Consolidated High School Madrigal Singers. There will be a Heart Gallery and refreshments.
“This is the first time we have had this on the courthouse lawn,” Harrell said. “Inside we will have a ‘Heart Gallery’ which are profiles of children that need a home.”