In April of each year, child advocates around the country host pinwheel gardens and use the occasion to draw attention to the scourge of child abuse that permeates our society. Here in Walton County, we are lucky to have a strong support system and effective counseling services that helps children heal from physical and sexual abuse. To this end, on Aug. 31, 2022, Pilot Park became the first park in Monroe and Walton County to place a permanent pinwheel representing the awareness for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel gardens found in cities around Walton County in April each year are to create attention in hopes of strengthening families and inspiring action through education, awareness, and advocacy to help prevent child abuse.
“The thought behind these pinwheels symbolizes playfulness, joy, and whimsy and is entirely a symbol of child abuse prevention. Those pinwheels during the month of April are temporary, while this pinwheel, built and installed by Dr. Alex Rodriguez (Dr. ARod) and placed in Pilot Park is permanent,” A Child’s Voice Advocacy Center wrote on its Facbook page. “This pinwheel was graciously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Monroe and will remain a symbol representing the most precious thing there is, the everlasting voice of a child. #pcageorgia#AChildsVoice.”
A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center in Social Circle, Ga. is an organization providing support for children in the community and it has the support of many government and civic organizations in the community, such as the Monroe Kiwanis Club.
As reported in April, 2022 during Child Abuse Awareness events, according to research, children may delay or never make a disclosure of their abuse, and sometimes formal reports of child abuse are not submitted to law enforcement or the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that reported cases of child abuse may underestimate the true occurrence and estimates that 1 in 4 American children experience some form of child maltreatment in their lifetimes.
A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center serves children and their families in both Walton and Newton Counties when there are allegations of abuse.
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