More than 1,700 pinwheels placed at Bi-State to draw attention to Texarkana area child abuse problem

More than 1,700 pin wheels were placed in front of the Bi-State Justice Building on Monday morning in an effort to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels were placed by volunteers with CASA of North East Texas and the Texas Children's Advocacy Center. (Staff photo by James Bright)
More than 1,700 pin wheels were placed in front of the Bi-State Justice Building on Monday morning in an effort to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels were placed by volunteers with CASA of North East Texas and the Texas Children's Advocacy Center. (Staff photo by James Bright)

TEXARKANA -- A host of blue pinwheels adorned the outside of the Bi-State Justice Building on Monday morning.

The miniature windmills were placed by volunteers with CASA of Northeast Texas and the Texarkana Children's Advocacy Center (TCA) to raise awareness for child abuse.

"April is child abuse prevention month. One in 10 children will be sexually abused in their lifetime, and 93% of those abused will know their abuser," said Brienne Bradshaw, director of education and outreach for both organizations.

She said 1,706 pinwheels were placed to honor the 1,073 children and 633 supported family members who received assistance from CASA and the TCA in 2023 in the Texarkana area.

Mayors from both of the Twin Cities will proclaim April child abuse prevention month during a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. today in front of the Bi-State.

CASA provides volunteers tasked with engaging foster children in the region and advocating for their best interests in court, while the TCA provides a multitude of support services to abused children and family members.

"We need more CASA volunteers," Bradshaw said. "Right now, there are 150 kids in the local foster system that don't have a CASA volunteer to advocate for them."

Those interested in volunteering can call CASA at 903-792-1030 or log on to casatexarkana.org.

Donations are also helpful to both organizations, Bradshaw said.

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