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April 9, 2014

Steve Weaver (left), director of Whitley County’s Department of Child Services, explains to volunteers the important of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pictured, from left, are volunteers Sharon Persons, Jim and Linda Scott and Meredith Hoffman. Christie Workman/Post & Mail photo.

COLUMBIA CITY – Volunteers and child advocates gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tuesday.

Steve Weaver, director for Whitley County’s Department of Child Services, passed out pinwheels, which were placed around the Courthouse gazebo as a symbol of prevention awareness.

“This is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,” said Weaver. “Child abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children.”

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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