TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – On Saturday, volunteers in Taylorsville created a display of a popular children’s toy as a symbol of the horrific abuse that some children endure.
The Taylorsville exchange club planted 480 pinwheels in front of the City hall in honor of child abuse prevention month. This is the 7th year they have done this to help bring the problem to light within the community and bring awareness to the ongoing problem.
Exchange Club Board Member Renee Sorensen said the pinwheels reflect the bright future all children deserve and as a positive emblem of the effect adults can have when they get involved rather than looking away.
“We do have child abuse in all of our communities,” Sorensen said. “I know people like to think that we don’t but we do and as parents or grandparents we need to get educated.”
The pinwheels will stay up through April.
Here at News4Utah, we are also supporting the cause. Yesterday our staff planted nearly 300 pinwheels in front of our building as a symbol of prevention. Nationally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. In Utah, the child sexual abuse rate is three times the national average.