CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the fourth straight year, the city of Charleston is being recognized for its work to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.
More than 11,000 children are abused in Charleston and Berkeley counties every year. A pinwheel garden was set up around Colonial Lake in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Representatives from the South Carolina Children’s Trust, the Charleston County Department of Social Services, and Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center joined Mayor John Tecklenburg to acknowledge the honor.
“Unfortunately it does happen in our community," Tecklenburg said of child abuse. "We’re so glad to have partners like the Dee Norton Center to be there in times of trauma and trouble for children.”
The Dee Norton Center will be holding events all month long to spread awareness and share tips to help prevent child abuse.
The pinwheel is the national symbol to prevent child abuse. The Children’s Trust of South Carolina says pinwheels represent the happy, healthy childhood every child deserves.
The Holy City has been a Pinwheel City since 2015.