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COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Volunteers and child advocates gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tuesday.
Steve Weaver, director for Whitley Countyâ€™s Department of Child Services, passed out pinwheels, which were placed around the Courthouse gazebo as a symbol of prevention awareness.
â€śThis is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,â€ť said Weaver. â€śChild abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children.â€ť
According to DCS records, in 2013 a total of 478 reports of abuse were made. Of those reports, 73 were substantiated.
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