Local Groups Spread the Word About Child Abuse Awareness

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704, that’s how many confirmed cases of child abuse there were in Wichita County last year, and with an additional 1705 reports of abuse, local activtists say it is crucial to educate the community.

“Those are large numbers so all the more important for us to continue to bring awareness to what’s going on,” Patsy’s House Executive Director Denise Roberts says.

One way Patsy’s House Children’s Advocacy Center hopes to end the abuse cycle is through Pinwheels for Patsy’s House, where community members can pay to remove a pinwheel.

“I think there has to be people that advocate for our children, and when a child walks through that door at Patsy’s House we want to be able to make that first step for them as easy as it can be,” Roberts says. 

The annual Walk of Knowledge hosted by several local groups reminds Wichita County that April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Each pair of tiny shoes, represents a child who has had to take that walk.

“It’s pretty moving, and honestly if you come out and see 704 pairs of little shoes laid out side by side, it’s sombering,” co-chair for the CAPS committee says. 

Choate and Roberts both say it’s important to make sure the community is aware so we can work to decrease the number of child abuse cases in Wichita County.

“We’re very grateful that we have a community that says we’re going to report it, we’re not going to tolerate this, but then all the more important to continue to bring awareness to it so we can hopefully see that number go down,” Roberts says. 

Again, one way that Patsy’s House spreads the word is through Pinwheels for Patsy’s House.

A gift of 20-dollars will remove one pinwheel.

You can make your donation at Patsy’s House on 10th Street in Wichita Falls.

The goal is to have all pinwheels removed by the end of April.

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