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The observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month is underway, and those passing by the head of Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park are able to see the symbol of that abuse in our region.
Pinwheels totaling 2,096 were placed this week, representing the number of child abuse reports that came in for our nine county region for the year 2020.
Of those cases reported, more than 500 proved to be actual child abuse, according to Julie Violette, the new Executive Director of the Child Protection Center, which is based in Chillicothe.
Violette says- “The most important thing is to get the word out there about all the resources that are available to go ahead and help stop child abuse, help end the cycle. The end of any cycle begins with prevention. If we just tell one friend or one neighbor about resources for the help that is out there, we can help to be the change we are all looking to be.”
Other ways the community can get involved in the fight against child abuse is through fundraising efforts to assist the Child Protection Center.
Your donation goes directly to the education to prevent children from being abused with our Body Safety class and Stewards program, medical costs associated with examining each child, counseling to help the children and their families and to help create a safe, child-friendly environment.
Their next fundraiser is the Dr. David Ater Memorial Golf Outing, which will be held August 21st. The 4-person-scramble will be held at Jaycees Golf Course with 8am registration and a 9am shotgun start. Early registration is encouraged.