UMC Plants Pinwheel for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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CAP officials say they hope the pinwheel garden will serve as a visual reminder of the child abuse that continues to occur in our own community.

For 2016, a nationally estimated 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.36 per 100,000 children in the national population.

In the state of Iowa, Black Hawk County ranks as one of the highest in the state for reported child abuse cases.

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It's the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors.

- Ensure that organizations, groups and teams that your children are involved with minimize one-on-one time between children and adults. Child abuse can also affect broader health outcomes into adolescence and adulthood.

"They have a lot of stress in their life, they're feeling overwhelmed and they don't understand how their children develop", Bartleson said. She urges people to think differently, "at the end of the day if you have suspicion of abuse then we want you to report and do your due diligence".

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The Children's Advocacy Project (CAP) is inviting the public to help them plant a pinwheel garden in an effort to raise awareness about child abuse during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This event led the way for "Go Blue Lubbock", an annual project by the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention and community partners to help fight against child abuse.

"We actually begin preparations months in advance for this month's events", Wheat said.

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The Family Resource Center works with families that may have already experienced abuse or neglect or are considered at-risk. Pinwheel gardens are now being sold for $25 per dozen for each business or home, with the money raised being used to combat child abuse in the community.

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