In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a special ceremony took place on the Yadkin County Courthouse lawn last Thursday. Kim Harrell, director of human services for the county, welcomed around 40 community members to the event and thanked them for participating.
“In 2015, we had 85 victims that were substantiated cases of abuse and neglect,” she said. The group then honored those victims by observing 85 seconds of silence.
Harrell also asked that the group recognize the hard work done by those with the human services agency and other community partners who work on these abuse cases.
“It’s hard work, but it has to be done,” she said.
Harrell also read aloud the resolution recently passed by the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners naming April Child Abuse Prevention Month.
That resolution states that “whereas, children are vital to our state’s future success, prosperity, and quality of life as being our most vulnerable assets; whereas, all children deserve to have safe, stable, nurturing and healthy homes and communities that foster their well-being; whereas, child abuse and neglect is a public responsibility affecting both the current and future quality of life of a state and county; whereas, parents need support and resources to cope with stress and nurture their children to grow to their full potential; whereas, effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed because of partnerships created among citizens, human services agencies, schools, faith communities, health care providers, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community; Therefore, We do hereby proclaim April 2016 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and business to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.”
Following the 85 seconds of silence, those in attendance added pinwheels to the pinwheel garden in honor of those 85 victims of child abuse in Yadkin County. The pinwheels will remain in place in front of the courthouse for the remainder of the month.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.