Quite a large crowd of supporters joined the statewide partners against child abuse during a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda this morning. I do work for Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming which along with state partners helped to put on this event to promote April as child abuse awareness month.
Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead spoke at the event and read the proclamation signed by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. After the press conference, the group planted 245 pinwheels on the east side of the Capitol lawn, each one representing three child victims in Wyoming. In 2010, there were 735 child victims and 445 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System report. The blue and silver pinwheel is a national symbol that represents efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
Statewide partners involved include: Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming, Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming, Wyoming Citizen Review Panel, the Victim Services Division of the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Protective Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Family Services, and the Wyoming Children's Trust Fund Board.
Since Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming is in the process of developing their website, I am posting the press release and proclamation below for those interested.