YWCA Mohawk Valley Displays Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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YWCA Mohawk Valley Displays Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Display Located at Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center

HERKIMER, N.Y. (April 27, 2021) – YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) staff is raising awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month by displaying blue pinwheels at the Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

“We want our pinwheels to spread hope for a bright future,” says Herkimer CAC Director Vikki Smithson. “Every pinwheel represents one child we served last year. It’s a heavy number to see, but we hope it gives kids and survivors a little comfort knowing they’re not alone.”

According to Prevent Child Abuse America, the pinwheels symbolize child-like whimsy and lightheartedness. YWCA MV will keep their display out through mid-May to show that their support is available beyond observing the April awareness month.

The Herkimer CAC provides free, confidential, and child-friendly services 24-hours, including advocacy, accompaniment, counseling, and more. In 2020, they provided services for 111 children. Between January and March 2021, staff have already served 73 children.

“In this country, 45 percent of children who die from abuse and neglect are under a year old,” says YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato. “We have to be the voices for the little ones, because they can’t always speak up for themselves.”

YWCA MV staff at the Herkimer CAC serves child and adult survivors of child abuse and sexual violence across Herkimer County. For 24-hour crisis services, call their free and confidential hotline at 315.866.4120, or visit ywcamv.org/Chat.

About YWCA Mohawk Valley
YWCA Mohawk Valley is a nonsectarian organization engaged in the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In 2020, YWCA MV provided more than 44,000 instances of service to individuals in Herkimer and Oneida Counties via such programs as domestic and sexual violence crisis services, violence prevention education, residential services for homeless women and children, and emergency shelters and transitional housing for individuals escaping violence. YWCA MV offers free and confidential help 24/7. In Oneida County, call or text 315.797.7740 for domestic and sexual violence crisis services. In Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120 for child advocacy and sexual violence crisis services. Visit ywcamv.org/Chat anytime to directly reach an advocate through a private chat server. More information about YWCA MV can be found by visiting ywcamv.org or by contacting Allison Flanagan at aflanagan@ywcamv.org or 315.732.2159 ext. 245.
YWCA MV receives funding support from the United Way of the Mohawk Valley, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc., and The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc.