The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is rallying the Lowcountry in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April. One initiative they are championing this month is Wear Blue Day.
On Friday, April 6th, individuals and organizations across the US will bond together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse by wearing blue on that day. Those participating should take a picture and share it on social media using the #WearBlueDay hashtag.
In addition to seeing lots people wearing blue, you may also notice one of the multiple "pinwheel gardens" located around the Holy City. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. People respond to the pinwheel as it symbolizes the carefree spirit of great childhoods. Dee Norton uses them to provide a strong visible presence of our community’s commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect. ( For questions or to order pinwheels, contact Adria Shuford at [email protected]).
Here are some facts about Child Abuse and the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center:
- Studies show that nearly 11,500 children are abused in Charleston and Berkeley counties each year
- Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families
- Reporting suspected abuse is one of the most important steps you can take to protect children. If you suspect abuse, call the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center at 843-723-3600
- To learn more about how you can help prevent child abuse, visit www.deenortoncenter.org