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Pinwheels, a symbol for child abuse prevention

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center hosted their annual Pinwheels for Prevention on the Craighead Courthouse Lawn Thursday.

"We actually saw 331 children come through our center last year, and 135 of them received a sexual assault exam," said NEACAC Executive Director Kristy Nichols.

The pinwheels are symbols of the many children in Northeast Arkansas that have been affected by child abuse.

"One pinwheel, one voice, one mission," said Nichols. "It's not just the Child Advocacy Centers mission, it's the whole community's job to make sure these children are protected."

Dawn McPike showed her respects by planting a pinwheel after she saw firsthand the problem with child abuse in the area.

"People don't realize this happens in our community and bringing awareness to the situation not only empowers the kids, but it helps empower our community so we can help prevent a lot of the tragedies," she said.

John Hardin is a member of the Jonesboro Exchange Club and held a big role in getting the advocacy center up and running. He said displaying the pinwheels not only honors the courage of these children that have come forward, but shows the community there is a place to go for help.

For more information on the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center, click here.

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