Pike county officials say the number of child abuse cases are going up every year, and they want the community to take notice and help prevent child abuse.
As part of child abuse awareness month, pinwheels were in front of the courthouse today. Organizers say each one represents 232 children sexually abused in the Big Sandy region last year. Officials hope the project will make people realize child abuse is a growing problem and they'll do something to protect children.
"I really wish there were not 232 and these are just the ones that we have I have," says Laura Kretzer of the Children's Advocacy Center. "I know there are more children out there."
"Our ultimate goal would be to not have a child abuse awareness month," says Pike County Family Court Judge Larry Thompson. "I would like to be able to report we have no problems."
Officials say if you suspect a child is being abused, please report it to police or social services.