Pinwheels to protect children

By Kelly McCarthy
By Natalie Rubino

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and the Broome County Crime Victims Assistance Center is raising awareness on child sex abuse in the area.

The CVAC has 340 pinwheels planted in its front lawn. One for each victim of child abuse the agency saw in 2012.

The center has the blue and silver pinwheels outside as a reminder that Broome County still has work to do to end child sex abuse.

According to CVAC one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday.

"We know that the 340 are just ones that are reported so we can only imagine how many more victims there are in this county alone," said Raini Baudendistel. "And we need to do something about it."

Baudendistel said in a lot of cases they assist children that are abused by close family friends.

"I think probably the biggest piece of it for me really is the grooming that goes on in those cases," Baudendistel said. "The perpetrators are very patient and wait days, months, years to actually violate the child in some cases. Um there's a lot of preparation on their part."

The CVAC has programs in schools and other campaigns to educate parents and children on ways to end child sex abuse.

Pinwheels can be sponsored for $3 a piece. For more information please contact CVAC at their website or (607) 723-3200.

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