To raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc. is hosting a cookout and pinwheel garden planting on April 18th, 2015 from noon-3pm. The pinwheel symbolizes the care-free childhood that every kid deserves, and the pinwheel garden planted in our front yard will serve as a gentle reminder to the community that, while great strides are being made to solve the issues of child abuse and neglect, there is still work to be done.
According to Childhelp, an organization devoted to the prevention and treatment of child abuse since 1959, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Every year more than 3 million reports are made, which involve over 6 million children. Child abuse leads to a decrease in life expectancy (an average decrease of 20 years), an increase in the likelihood of mental health issues and alcohol and drug addiction, and an increased risk of intimate partner violence as an adult. That is if a victim makes it to adulthood. In 2012, it was reported that 1,640 children died as the result of abuse or neglect, roughly 4 or 5 a day. That is too many.
So what can we do? The American Humane Association recommends that community members become actively involved in the lives of children in their neighborhoods. Start by joining SAFE Haven, a youth shelter that has been actively involved in the lives of Racine’s most at-risk children for almost 44 years, in continuing the conversation surrounding child abuse and neglect.
The pinwheel garden planting will begin at 12pm with a cookout to follow until 3pm. There will be plentiful food and family-friendly games and activities with prizes. SAFE Haven is located at 1030 Washington Ave, with parking on Pearl Street.
SAFE Haven remains true to its mission to improve the quality of life for youth and families by providing safe living environments, crisis support, and community intervention. Please be our partner in keeping young people safe and preparing them for the future.