April 6, 2017
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Tom Green County brought attention to child abuse victims with their annual Pinwheels for Prevention Ceremony outside the Tom Green County Courthouse.
Students from several SAISD schools participated in the event to show their support for the cause. Students and other attendees placed blue pinwheels in the grass along the front of the courthouse to symbolize victims of child abuse and to help raise awareness of child abuse in the community.
One of the overarching messages from the ceremony was that everyone has a responisbility in protecting our children.
During the event, San Angelo Police Chief Frank Carter spoke to those present about the seriousness of child abuse and their role in helping to prevent it.
Heather Ward, Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Center, said, "Child abuse affects all of us. Today, we're recognizing that eveyone has a role to play in child abuse prevention, protecting children, and strengthening families."
That sentiment was echoed by Gary Banks, Associate judge for the Child Protection Court for the Concho Valley, who wants "to remind people in the community that there is child abuse, and they can have a role in helping prevent it, from reporting it, to helping families deal with it, to trying to prevent it from occurring."
A post on the Children's Advocacy Center's Facebook page sums up that message by saying "Its time for change, and it starts with YOU. Awareness leads to accountiblity and accountability leads to change. Help us make a change!"
To find out more about how you can help, contact the Children's Advocacy Center at (325)653-4673.