April 22, 2014

An important part of the fight

The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

Each pinwheel represents a reported case of child abuse in Whitfield and Murray counties.  The pinwheel has become a national symbol for child abuse prevention. They serve as a solemn reminder of a problem affecting some of the most vulnerable, and often helpless, members of society.

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month this month, several community groups are bringing the issue to the top of our minds. On Tuesday, the Family Support Council held a Pinwheels for Prevention ceremony at the Murray County Courthouse.

At the event, attendees were told about the epidemic of child abuse that still affects the community, state and nation. They also received information about Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” program, which raises awareness of child sexual abuse and also tells of its consequences by educating adults to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

If you were not able to attend the event in Chatsworth on Tuesday, you have another chance. The Whitfield County ceremony is Thursday at noon at Dalton City Hall.

We encourage everyone to attend.

Many groups and agencies are fighting the battle against child abuse, including the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Child Protective Services, Family Support Council, Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Whitfield County Juvenile Court and others.

But another important part of that fight is you.


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