The Columbia County Exchange Club is raising awareness of child abuse


April is both National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Columbia County Exchange Club is drawing attention to the cause by placing pinwheels on the Taylor BMW property on Washington Rd.

The pinwheels represent each child that has been abused in Columbia County.

“It represents how innocence children should be,” explained the executive director for Child Enrichment Inc, Kari Viola-Brooke. “The pinwheel is a simple toy that a child should be playing with. And that is what we are moving towards; for children to have safe, healthy and happy childhoods.”

Viola-Brooke says parents should listen to their child’s words and expressed emotions, believe the child, and stress that his or her safety is essential.

She says it’s important not to press the child for more information, and reassure them that they haven’t done anything wrong. 

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