Pinwheels raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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Only a few topped onto the grass below.

The theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month this year is "Plant smiles, grow giggles, and harvest love", according to Carly Wheat, center director.

Each pinwheel represented a child who has been abused and served by Child Haven and/or the Solano Courage Center in 2017.

"We ask you to stand up and be that change".

A pinwheel garden was planted in Jackson's Austin Blair Park Monday to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.

That number is down dramatically from the 402 confirmed cases in 2016.

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Bailey says 94 percent of children know their offenders which also contributes to why some cases go unreported. A special display of the spinning toys in Casper is meant to serve as a powerful reminder of young ones whose childhood was stolen from them by abuse.

"I wish we didn't have to exist", Johnson said. "That's more than I can handle", she said. Residents are encouraged to recognize a parent, sibling, teacher, or anyone who helped them during their childhood. Of the interviews conducted at the center, 58 percent involved allegations of sexual abuse; 61 percent of the alleged victims were girls, and 39 percent boys.

"Part of the "five basic" essentials established by CIS are providing a safe place for youngsters to learn and grow and provide a healthy start and a healthy future", Woodberry said. Every hour of every day, there is allegation of child abuse in Tennessee.

Hayley Armstrong, the Courage Center co-ordinator, also addressed the crowd.

Some advocates have proposed that the punishment for sex offenders be increased to the death penalty, but the organizers of Saturday's rally said they are opposed to capital punishment.

Children should be protected at all costs, and suspicious behavior should always be reported to authorities.