In spite of COVID-19, Park United Methodist Church will once again display pinwheels in their lawn in honor of April, the National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
It is an important reminder to the community that all must work together to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. The social and emotional well-being of each child must be actively promoted.
Nationally, more than four children die every day from abuse or neglect.
Locally in Erie County, the Crime Victim Center saw 249 children for sexual assault in 2019. This number does not reflect how many cases of abuse and neglect went unreported.
Abuse and neglect are usually reported by a third party such as a teacher, coach, Boy Scout leader and much more.
Therefore, in light of the stay at home rule, abuse may go unreported.
Pinwheels are the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve, all children deserve a safe and happy future.
Strong and thriving families and communities will assure a healthy future for children.