A display at an East Tennessee courthouse is shining a message of hope and progress while pushing to protect children.
More than 100 pinwheels are spinning throughout the month of April on the lawn of the Roane County Courthouse. The Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District put them there to share the importance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The pinwheels represent the number of Roane County children the organization helps after being physically or sexually abused. But, the center's executive director says for every child they help, there are nine others who haven't come forward to report abuse.
"That is such a challenge to us that during Child Abuse Prevention Month we can educate the communities and talk about how do you recognize child abuse, what do you do when you understand it's going on and how do you prevent children from being abused," said Chris Evans-Longmire.
The center says 90 percent of all child abuse victims knew their offenders.
If you suspect child abuse or have questions, you can contact the Child Advocacy Center at (865) 986-1505 or visit http://www.kidsfirsttn.org.