Apr 13, 2013 1:10 PM by Melissa Anderson (melissa@kxlh.com)

Pinwheels at Capitol aim to raise awareness of child abuse

HELENA - People dedicated to preventing child abuse are making a colorful statement at the Capitol as part of a nationwide efforts to raise awareness about National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Volunteers of the Montana Children's Trust Fund placed hundreds of blue pinwheels along the borders of the Capitol as an uplifting symbol to change the way people think about prevention.

The message is that every child deserved the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

Jamey Petersen, MCTF grants manager, said, "Nationwide the goal is to have a pinwheel to represent each child that suffers from child abuse or neglect. Of course it's hard to really pinpoint that number because you don't always know when a child has been abused or neglected."

The Montana Children's Trust Fund provides financial support to programs across the state providing education on caregiver and parenting techniques.

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