Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler joined hands on April 11 with the Berkeley County Dept. of Social Services and the Children’s Trust of South Carolina to observe the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Moncks Corner.
Pinwheels were arranged about Unity Park and fresh flower arrangements planted to commemorate the month.
“Pinwheels represent healthy, happy childhoods,” said Jane Pulling, a volunteer with Children’s Trust of South Carolina.
“And I can speak for all of us when I say we work every day to bring an end to child abuse and neglect in Moncks Corner, Berkeley County and throughout the state.”
There were 11,439 confirmed cases of abused or neglected children in 2012 and more than 12 percent of those involved children less than a year old. Children aged three and younger comprised 34 percent of the confirmed cases.
Of all the reported child abuse cases, 68.5 percent of those resulted from neglect.
The pinwheel garden planted in Unity Park is intended to be seen as a sign of hope.
“Pinwheels are an uplifting symbol used to draw attention from the problem of abuse and neglect to the solution of effective prevention,” Pulling said.
Throughout April pinwheel gardens are springing up around the state, Pulling said.
The Children’s Trust of South Carolina is the only statewide organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting public and private prevention efforts that help keep South Carolina’s children safe.
“We work to prevent child abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries so that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a healthy nurturing environment,” Pulling said.