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St. Claire Regional Brings Awareness to Child Abuse Month

4/12/2011

St. Claire Regional is bringing awareness to Child Abuse Month and the more than 68,000 child abuse cases reported to Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services in 2010 by participating in the Pinwheel for Prevention campaign.

"The impact of child abuse does not end when a child turns eighteen. It effects one's ability to have healthy relationships and function well in many areas of life. Every effort made to increase awareness has the potential to save a life," Julia Neill, LCSW.

During the entire month of April, blue pinwheels will fill the lawn in front of the SCR Chapel on W. Second Street. Through this public display, SCR hopes to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention. There were more than 400 child abuse or neglect cases, involving close to 600 children, in Rowan County reported to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services in 2010 alone.

The pinwheel symbol is being used nationwide to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention. It was chosen to represent hope and promise. The pinwheel's silver and blue color are reflective of the bright futures that all children deserve.

St. Claire Counseling provides counseling services to children and their families when abuse has occurred. For more information on child abuse awareness or counseling services please call (606) 783-6805.

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