Hundreds of blue and silver pinwheels, representing the fight against child abuse, now stand in front of the capitol building.
As we told you Tuesday, child abuse is on the rise in the state. It’s up 30% since 2012.
On Thursday people from across the state came together at the capitol to rally and look for ways to get that number down.
“People ask us all the time, what’s with all the pinwheels. It’s such a symbol really. It’s a happy, it’s a happy symbol,” said Children’s Trust Fund Executive Director Suzanne Greenberg.
The pinwheels represent Michigan’s commitment to child abuse prevention. Hundreds of people came to the state capitol building today to do just that.
“We’re on the capitol steps to really raise awareness and the importance of the power of one,” Greenberg said.
The Children’s Trust Fund hosted the rally for the 11th year in a row.
“It’s really great when we have this size group from all over,” Greenberg said. “From the up, Detroit, Grand Rapids, I mean every part of our state is represented.”
Greenberg said it’s important to speak up, “To get people talking about it and to also have children know that they can tell someone about it and then when they do to know professionals to know what it is that they’re suppose to do with that information.”
So these situations can be addressed and services can be provided. Greenberg said the hope is keeping the child at home.
But if not, we can get them into a safe environment,” Greenberg said, “The truth of the matter is, that when that happens, that definitely the awareness raising is going to increase.”
Whether it’s a small or large act, anyone can make a difference. Thursday, the act was marching down Michigan Avenue and planting hundreds of pinwheels.
“And when the day comes that we want everything for all children that we want for our own, we’ll really change what’s happening to our kids today and our communities,” Greenberg said.
If you want to make a difference and let your voice be heard, you can call 1-800-CHILDREN.