Pinwheels for Prevention; Child Abuse Awareness in NWA

Published 04/01 2014 05:40PM

Updated 04/02 2014 01:32AM

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- You might notice pinwheels popping up across Northwest Arkansas all month long. That's because April is child abuse prevention month and advocates with the Children's Safety Center placed more than 500 pinwheels across the area on Tuesday. Mayors in several local cities are also honoring the cause by making proclamations and placing pinwheels in front of city halls. Each pinwheel represents a child abuse victim in our area. "It's not a topic anybody likes to talk about," says Chris Thornton, with the Northwest Arkansas Children's Safety Center. "We'd like to think in a growing area we don't have issues like that. While we don't like to talk about it, it's still something we need to be aware of." Springdale was just one of the cities taking part in the area events on Tuesday. Farmington also participated. And on Wednesday, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan will recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Boys and Girls Club at 4:00 P.M.

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