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Pinwheels Planted for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A few dozen people were in Carson City Friday morning planting pinwheels to raise awareness of the issue.

But they're not just spinning, they spin with a purpose.

"Every child has the right to be happy, healthy and safe in their homes, and in their communities. So that's what the pinwheel represents. That positive image, we want to make sure children have a healthy development," says Amanda Haboush-Deloye, Director of Programs, Prevent Child Abuse Nevada.

Pinwheels for prevention - that's the idea behind the event.

Dozens of people, including many children, placed pinwheels on the lawn of the legislative building in Carson City this morning to raise awareness of this issue.

In the Silver State, there are about 3,500 reported cases of child abuse and neglect, but the actual number is feared to be higher, as child abuse isn't always reported.

The group Prevent Childhood Abuse Nevada says they're actively working to teach people the signs of abuse, not to mention build relationships with people in the state, and even lawmakers in Carson City to curb this worrying statistic.

"Child abuse and neglect is 100% preventable. We actually fair pretty much in the middle of the country when it comes to child abuse and neglect. So we're not at the top of that bad list, but we want to do more as a state to protect our children."

It's not just here in Northern Nevada where the blue pinwheels are spinning, but across the county.

Pinwheels for Prevention is going on across the United States, as part of Child Abuse Month.

Written by Landon Miller 

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