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Planting pinwheels for child abuse prevention month

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Mason County organizations are participating in the nationwide campaign called Pinwheels for Prevention.

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MASON COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) — Several counties in Northern Michigan are shinning light on the fight against child abuse.

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Mason County organizations are participating in the nationwide campaign called Pinwheels for Prevention.

Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) alongside children with Ludington School District placed dozens of pinwheels at the Ludington Library, Thursday.

"It's important to create a culture of that the issues aren't too taboo to talk about," said Carrie Rangel with COVE. "We want people to walk by and go, why do you have pinwheels, and then they come in and ask the librarian or anyone here says well those are representative of child abuse prevention month."

Mason County Sheriff, Kim Cole says these crimes happen far too often in the county, and sadly most times go on reported.

“Child neglect, child sexual assault, child abuse, every month our detectives are dealing with those types of complaints,” the Sheriff says it’s a crime his deputies will not tolerate but it takes a community to help prevent it.

"People who interact with children every day are the front lines in defending our children and it's our school teachers or counselors those who see children every day and we certainly admire and respect that relationship that we have with other schools and her counselors it really they're saving lives,” Sheriff Cole said.

“We want the community to be talking about it, we want them to stand up to not be afraid to say, 'hey what you are doing is wrong,' or 'I have this going on in my family and now is the time, the time to cease the time to get my children out of this situation to get myself out of this situation,'” said Rangel.

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