Pinwheels Raise Awareness Of Child Abuse

Pinwheels Raise Awareness Of Child Abuse

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There are 350 pinwheels in front of Watertown City Hall this month. It's all to raise awareness about child abuse.

Each pinwheel represents a child that the Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York helped in 2017. That's 350 new children who were victims of abuse in Jefferson County last year.

The program director at the organization says it's the highest number than the center has ever seen.

"I think it's a good thing that our numbers are going up because it means our community is more aware of the signs of child abuse and they're more willing to step up and report abuse when they see those signs," said Amy Quonce, program director.

Quonce says 75 percent of the children they help are victims of sexual abuse. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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