OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County partnered with area schools and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to help raise awareness of child abuse in Oswego County.
Home and school associations and student councils in Oswego came together to be a part of the CAC’s Pinwheels for Prevention program.
An initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, the focus of the Pinwheels for Prevention program is to not only raise awareness of child abuse but, more importantly, transform that awareness into action.
CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm explained that each participating school has blue and silver pinwheels available on site.
For a minimum donation of $1, staff and students may add their name to a paper pinwheel that is on display at their school.
All donations benefit the CAC and its efforts to combat child abuse directly in Oswego County.
Mylar pinwheels have been planted in front of the schools as well as several of the chamber’s Project Bloom sites including the garden at the southern entrance way to Oswego on Route 481, and two Project Bloom gardens along Route 481 in Fulton.
“We planted 91 Mylar pinwheels, with each pinwheel representing five children that received services from the CAC in 2015,” said Damm.
The Pinwheels for Prevention program is part of the CAC’s Be the End campaign.
An initiative that began two years ago, the goal of the Be the End campaign is to raise awareness of child abuse while encouraging and empowering community members to help be the end of child abuse in Oswego County.
The Pinwheels for Prevention program brings the issue of child abuse to the forefront.
Each pinwheel represents a child that has suffered physical or sexual abuse.
The pinwheels serve as a visual reminder of a problem that affects hundreds of children and their families and often goes unnoticed.
“The Pinwheels for Prevention program helps to bring the community together and empowers our school districts to raise awareness in the fight against child abuse. I’m grateful for the support we received from the Oswego City School District and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to plant the pinwheels, and the students, faculty and community members that purchased pinwheels. The response we are received to our Pinwheels for Prevention program is inspiring. Pinwheels are the representation that every child deserves a happy, healthy, safe childhood,” said Damm.
Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, the CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
In 2015 the CAC served 456 children and families in Oswego County.