Hundreds of pinwheels will be spread across Benton County to showcase the amount of child abuse cases reported last year.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County is hosting its annual Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally to honor National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.
Over 350 child abuse cases were reported in the county in 2018, and each case will be represented with a pinwheel.
To raise awareness, community members can choose one of nine partnering agency locations to place the pinwheels.
“Just raising awareness that child abuse does happen here, it happens every day,” said Emily Rappe Fisher, development director for the Children’s Safety Center. “We get about three different calls a day of reports of child abuse, specifically in Washington County.”
This year’s pinwheel rally will be held at Bentonville’s First Friday event this Friday on the Bentonville Square and is open to the public.