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CU: Child Abuse Awareness and Pinwheels for Prevention

By Daisy Rodriguez

Campbellsville, KY - Although blue and silver pinwheels shine brightly on Campbellsville University's Stapp Lawn, they represent a serious issue.

"A pinwheel represents what childhood should be. It's whimsical, it's fun, they are colorful; it's everything you want childhood to be for a local child," said Kate Broaddus is executive director Court Appointed Special Advocate CASA Nelson County (CASA).

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of child maltreatment in the nation. Last year there were 16,985 cases of child abuse, neglect and dependency in Kentucky.

April serves as Child Abuse Awareness Month and throughout the month you will see bright blue pinwheels displayed to remind you of the children and families impacted by child maltreatment.

She said blue was chosen as the color of child abuse awareness, as it symbolizes the color of the bruises many children endure. Pinwheels specifically were selected to display in this campaign because of their whimsical, childlike nature invoking a positive response.

Dr. Kimberly N. Mudd-Fegett, associate professor of social work at Campbellsville University, said, "This too reminds us all of the vital role we all play a role in children's lives. Each of us can do our part to impact child maltreatment. If we see something or suspect something, you are mandated by law in Kentucky to report it."

NelCASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates. They support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglect children so they can thrive in a safe, permanent home. CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children.

If interested, you can call (502) 331-6325.

This story was posted on 2021-04-28 19:30:58
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Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness

2021-04-28 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Ariel C. Emberton.
Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work students place pinwheels on Stapp Lawn to represent Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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