April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here’s what to know, and how you can help

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Courier & Press on 4/1/2022 by Claire Rafford

What does a pinwheel mean to you?

Perhaps it’s a just a toy, one a child might get as a party favor. Maybe it’s an object that can indicate a particularly windy day, or a lawn ornament to spice up an otherwise boring backyard.

But to those who mark April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it means something very important indeed.

A pinwheel, specifically a blue one, represents a promise of a “happy, healthy, safe” childhood for each and every child, Sandy Runkle, director of programs at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, said.