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Pinwheels Placed To Represent Dark Story Of Child Abuse In The Area

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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.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Pictured are Julie Oates, former Executive Director of the Child Protection Center and Ross County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Marks during the 2019 Pinwheels for Prevention planting ceremony. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, which began this observance in 1983.

Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and the community working together to prevent child abuse.

In the year 2015, the United States, along with the District of Columbus and Puerto Rico reported that an estimated 683,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect and 1,670 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. 

The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that are preventable when community programs and systems are engaged, supportive, and include services focusing on parental resilience, trauma history, nurturing and attachment, social connections, knowledge about parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, and concrete supports for parents.

The Child Protection Center, which is based in Chillicothe, will be conducting their annual observance at noon Tuesday, April 6th. This local event brings attention to the child abuse reports made each year in Ross County and includes the placing of pinwheels at the head of Yoctangee Park, numbering the local cases of abuse received in the previous year. 

In the 2019 observance, there were 1,592 reports of abuse from the year 2018.

The public is encouraged to attend.