Speaking out against child abuse; Info on the Big Pinwheel Garden

pinwheelsApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). An alarming statistic from childhelp.org states five children die every day in the United States due to child abuse and/or neglect.

This is a topic near and dear to my heart, if you are a regular reader of scrink.com you probably already know I’m an advocate against child abuse. The Pinwheels for Prevention are something I absolutely love and when I heard about this a couple years ago I was very excited because it’s a fun idea that everyone can get into an appreciate. (Click here for information pertaining to Delaware).

Why a pinwheel? These blue metallic pinwheels are reflective and symbolize the bright future that every child should have the chance to live. Every child deserves an equal chance to thrive and grow!
On April 16th, Prevent Child Abuse America will turn the “Big Apple” into the “Big Pinwheel” — the new national symbol for child abuse prevention — with a display of up to 5,000 pinwheels in Times Square! If you would like to help sponsor the  garden, click here.

The pinwheels will bring:

  • Awareness to your community about child abuse and child neglect.
  • Working with other groups in your community on a pinwheel project promotes early prevention Coordination.
  • Hosting an event where a speaker presents or educational materials are distributed helps Educate your community on how child abuse and neglect can be prevented and what to do if it occurs.

Among the nearly 287,000, children served by Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country in 2012, some startling statistics include:

  • 109,619 children were ages 0 to 6 years
  • 103,636 children were ages 7 to 12 years
  • 71,840 children were ages 13 to 18 years
  • 197,902 children reported sexual abuse
  • 49,155 children reported physical abuse

If you are not participating in Pinwheels for Prevention this year, you can still help out by  texting PINWHEEL to 20222* (powered by www.givebycell.com) and donating $10 to the cause.

Here is a coloring page you can download, color and then display to help spread the word.

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Pinwheels for Prevention Coloring Page [pdf]

 

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