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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
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Blue pinwheels reflect the bright future all children deserve. It is used during April to signify Child Abuse Awareness Month. The spinning layers of hope will be a fixture on Court Square until April 25 to show support for child abuse victims and raise awareness. Pictured, from left, are Judith Gomez, Cassell Galligan-Davis and Robin Cutrell. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The grassy lot in historic downtown McMinnville is now adorned with blue pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

“By nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childhood, and it is a reminder that all children deserve a happy childhood,” said Cassell Galligan-Davis, Children’s Advocacy Center director, who is also urging community members to wear blue to show their support. “This is an event that will bring awareness to child abuse and show silent support for child abuse victims.”

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Statistically, a quarter of all children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetime. In 1983, Congress declared April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, communities across our nation, and here in Warren County, have taken this opportunity to raise community awareness about child abuse.

Pinwheels will remain in place through April 25. 

Pinwheels reflect the bright future all children deserve. The pinwheel is a positive emblem of the effect we can have when we work together to prevent child abuse. 

The Evening Exchange Club has also created its Field of Flags display, which is also representative of Child Abuse Prevention.

CAC is also asking people post their supportive pictures regarding April being Child Abuse Awareness month on Facebook and tag Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District – CAC in the post. 

“If you’re showing support for Child Abuse Awareness Month, we’d like to see it,” said Galligan-Davis. “Tag us on Facebook and we’ll share it. Make your own pinwheels, buy a couple and place them in your yard, paint a flower pot blue, or wear blue. Show your support for providing children the bright future they all deserve.”