Nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect, according to the National Children’s Alliance. In 2011, children’s advocacy centers around the country provided advocacy and support to more than 279,000 child victims of abuse.
To honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, students from Girard City Schools placed 925 pinwheels on Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s Beeghly campus in Boardman.
Each pinwheel represents a child who received abuse services in the Valley last year.
As part of the eighth annual Pinwheels for Prevention® event with Mahoning County Children Services and Trumbull County Children Services, the pinwheels will be on display throughout the month to serve as a reminder that everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a public awareness campaign designed to increase awareness about child abuse and neglect in communities across Ohio.
The Akron Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center, located on the Beeghly campus, has provided nearly 400 medical and forensic evaluations for children and teens who may have been physically or sexually abused.
It serves five counties, including Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As part of Pinwheels for Prevention, Trumbull County Children Services will host an event on April 4, from 10-10:30 a.m. at its 2282 Reeves Road NE location. Remarks will be given by Bob Faulkner, a community advocate, as well as public officials and child advocates.
Mahoning County Children Services will host another event on April 9 at noon at its 222 W. Federal St. location on the fourth floor.
The keynote speaker will be Cynthia King, LISW–S, who specializes in the assessment and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders, sexually reactive youth, and victims of sexual abuse and their families.
There will also be a special presentation by the Boardman High School Jazz Band.