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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, we have to start talking about it. The conversation starts here.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a national and local public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

The pinwheel represents hope, health, and happiness. This uplifting symbol of childhood represents efforts to ensure the healthy development of children, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development.

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1 in 10 children experiences child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.


If you eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations between children and adults, as well as children and other youth, you’ll dramatically reduce the risk of sexual abuse. 


Children often keep abuse a secret, but talking openly about our bodies, sex, and boundaries can encourage children to share.


Disclosure, discovery, and suspicions of sexual abuse provide opportunities to intervene on behalf of a child.

April 1-30

Pinwheels for Prevention Gardens
Outside of our Wentzville & Hannibal Offices

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April 5

National Wear Blue Day
Wear blue this and every Friday of April in support of child abuse prevention!

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April 5

Hannibal Pinwheel Ceremony
Hannibal County Courthouse

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April 9-12

Midwest Justice for Children Conference
Doubletree St. Louis

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April 13

Child Abuse Awareness Booth
Mid Rivers Mall
12:00 - 2:00 pm

April 17 & 24

Strengthening Families Course
Lincoln County Firehouse
5:30-7:30 pm

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April 18

Montgomery County Pinwheel Celebration
Courthouse @ 12:00 pm

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April 23

St. Charles County Pinwheel Celebration
Old St. Charles County Courthouse @ 10:00 am

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April 24

Lincoln County Pinwheel Celebration
Old Lincoln County Courthouse @ 10:00 am

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April 25

MDT Luncheon
Mark Twain Casino

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April 27

One with Courage Gala
to benefit The Child Center, Inc.
St. Charles
Convention Center

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April 28

Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children
Get your church involved!

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April 29

Missouri Kids First Standing with Children Luncheon
Jefferson City

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Click here for a PDF copy of the April events!