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Pinwheel event focuses on child abuse prevention

People don’t generally like to talk about child abuse, but April is child abuse prevention month, and a number of events in the community are focusing on the problem.

Thursday evening the public was invited to Eastern Idaho Public Health where families were given pinwheels to plant outside the building. It’s a tradition this month at meetings like this, and it’s designed to focus on the problem of child abuse and how to prevent it.

“When we think about child abuse, it’s something that none of us like to think about or talk about, Holly Whitworth from Eastern Idaho Public Health said. “But here at Eastern Idaho Public Health one of our missions is to prevent child abuse by strengthening families and making sure it’s a topic we feel free to talk about with our children and with our families and with our neighbors and friends. That way our community is a stronger place. And tonight families have gathered together to show their commitment to the prevention of child abuse by planting pinwheels. The pinwheel is the universal symbol of a carefree childhood, and that’s what’ we’re focusing on tonight.”

If you have more questions about child abuse you can call Eastern Idaho Public Health at 208-533-3194. Here are some other helpful sites:

Darkness to Light www.
Bright Tomorrow’ Child Advocacy Center www.bright
Stop It Now
Child Help USA

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