Planting pinwheels to raise awareness about child abuse

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The group Lifehouse Child Advocacy Center is planting pinwheels around Topeka this month to raise awareness about child abuse. 

On Wednesday they planted 312 pinwheels outside of the Shawnee County Courthouse. That’s one for every child that they interviewed in 2018 in connection with a child abuse case. 

Executive director Kelly Durkin said their mission is to help child victims. 

“We bring the professionals to the family and the child. We do it one time and we do it with a trained forensic interviewer in a safe environment, a child-friendly environment,” Durkin said. “So, we’re reducing the trauma greatly by doing that and we’re helping with the prosecutors so they can build the best case possible so we’re getting bad folks off our streets.” 

They picked the courthouse to plant the pinwheels because they partner so closely with the District Attorney’s office to work on the cases. There are also pinwheels in other parts of the city. 

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