County pinwheel ceremony sheds light on child abuse

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson members to increase awareness, protect children and strengthen families.

Prosecutors said the couple, who were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2013 on a 17-count indictment, had abused the three children over more than four years while the family lived at the Picatinny Arsenal installation in Morris County.

"Nearly four million cases of child maltreatment are reported each year in the United States; almost five children die each day from abuse", she said.

People in Clinton County are fighting back against child abuse.

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Each April, organizations, agencies, and individuals throughout the U.S. raise awareness of resources whose goal is to reduce instances of child abuse and neglect. Events this month are set to bring light to child abuse in the community.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®.

The training summit held by the organization Alliance for Children encourages the community to address and end child maltreatment in Georgia.

Pinwheels symbolize childhood as it should be: safe, happy and healthy.

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A child with a CASA volunteer spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. "This is a case where the victims were children, horribly abused by the foster parents to whom they were entrusted". She said about 80 percent of incidents involve neglect and can be solved with increasing resources and support for parents. Denise Barney helps abused children in the Frankfort area and said both adults and children need to know what abuse looks like.

Sullivan noted that child abuse is a problem that doesn't always get the needed publicity.

"Sometimes it escapes the memory or the minds of people with the problem we have not only in our county but throughout the country", Sullivan said.

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