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County ceremony highlights abuse awareness


April 25, 2018

JULIE GILMAN, executive director of CASA, speaks to the crowd at the Child Abuse Awarenss ceremony held April 19 at the Linn County Courthouse.

A pinwheel garden sprouted in front of the Linn County Courthouse on Thursday, April 19, as a reminder that April is Child Abuse Awareness month.

Guest speakers from ABC House, Family Tree Relief Nursery and Court Appointed Special Advocates were on hand for a small ceremony.

Linn County Child Abuse Network sponsored the event.

The 254 pinwheels represent the 254 "founded" – substantiated – cases of child abuse and neglect in Linn County in 2017.

The positive aspect of that number is that those children have been removed from those circumstances, said Julie Gilman, executive director of...

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