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TPD, City, state officials, bring light to Child Abuse Prevention Month

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:45 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Wednesday, Tallahassee Police Department Chief, Lawrence Revell, along with other state and city officials, brought light to Child Abuse Prevention Month.

TPD decked out a cruiser and planted pinwheels in front of the TPD headquarters.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States each year,...

Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

According to the National Children’s Alliance, each year, more than 700,000 children are abused, something the Children’s Home Society said has only increased due to COVID-19.

They said that child abuse can be prevented, you just have to know how to look for signs of help, and ask for it.

“It is just really important with the children in your life...to just look for those nuanced things with them that have changed, or may change, and you don’t have a good explanation for why that is,” said Regional Executive Director at the Children’s Homes Society of Florida, Ceka Rose Green. “That is, when you maybe want to ask some questions, and depending on the answers you get, there are resources where you can contact to intervene and get in there, before things get really detrimental for the child and the family.”

Prevent Child Abuse Florida said the focus this month is creating great childhoods for those affected. They’re hoping families ask for help, and be willing to accept it to allow kids to reach their full potential.

“The pinwheel gives us a great symbol to talk about this because it only takes a little bit of wind to get that pinwheel to spin, and it only takes a modest amount of effort for someone to make a difference in the life of a child,” explained Executive Director at Prevent Child Abuse Florida, Chris Lolley.

Lolley said there are some signs of abuse that are identifiable, and there are others that are subtle, like behavioral changes.

There are multiple ways you can help: one is being a mentor, the other is knowing the hotlines.

If you know of a child experiencing abuse, you can call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. If you are a family in need of counseling services, you can call 1-888-733-6303.

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