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Pinwheels around Bucks County mark Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Hartsville Fire Company’s striking display of pinwheels
The Hartsville Fire Company’s striking display of pinwheels
Seeing a whole lot of pinwheels around Bucks County on your commute or errand run? These “gardens” have been “planted” by local volunteers to raise awareness of child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. They will remain in place until the end of April, reminding passersby that 886 brave adults helped protect a child from abuse in our county in 2013.

This is the fourth year for Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center to oversee the local Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. Pinwheel gardens have been installed at three sites in upper, central and lower Bucks County, sponsored by local organizations and businesses.

Bucks County Visitors Center
3207 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020
Sponsored by Parx Casino and TD Bank

Hartsville Fire Company
1195 York Rd, Warminster, PA 18974
Sponsored by the Zubaida Foundation

United Friends School
1018 W Broad St, Quakertown, PA 18951
Sponsored by NOVA Thrift Shop

“We are focusing on the positive changes in our communities and what people can do to protect our children,” says Leslie Slingsby, LSW, director of the Bucks County CAC. “So we are saluting the 886 instances in 2013 of caring adults and incredibly brave children who took a loving and courageous step to report abuse.”

Check out the Bucks County CAC website for tips on preventing, recognizing and reporting child abuse: www.BucksCAC.org. For more information on the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, visit http://www.buckscac.org/pinwheels-for-prevention/

Established in 2008, the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center oversees a coordinated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive response to reports of suspected child sexual and physical abuse. Its goal is to improve the system response in order to significantly reduce the “retraumization” of young people during the investigative process by the systems that were specifically developed to protect children.

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