Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month
Brooke Hendrickx from Every Child says the pinwheels symbolize the happy, safe, and healthy childhood we want for our kids.
"We recognize that what happens before kindergarten matters. If we can prevent or treat the trauma of child abuse and neglect in the early years, we can mitigate its impact into the later years and adulthood."
Joining her was Davenport Mayor Mike Matson.
"April is Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness, but quite frankly every month should be child abuse prevention month, every week, every hour, every day we should do everything we can to help the children in need."
Hendrickx says last year there were more than 5,000 reports of child abuse in the Quad Cities, and many more cases probably were not reported. She estimates the cost at thousands of dollars each day - in medical bills, legal cases, and the long-lasting impact of childhood trauma.