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Park Ridge plants pinwheels to prevent child abuse

Park Ridge Health is helping prevent child abuse -- with a garden of pinwheels. The goal of the garden is to bring attention to the problem, encourage victims to speak up and showcase how to prevent child abuse. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Park Ridge Health is helping prevent child abuse -- with a garden of pinwheels. The garden is on the front lawn of the main campus.

The pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. The goal of the garden is to bring attention to the problem, encourage victims to speak up and showcase how to prevent child abuse.

"We're getting the message out there. We're getting the message to children, we're getting the message to caretakers, parents who are perhaps afraid to talk about it. We're getting our message to our partners in the medical community, too," physician's assistant Laura Phipps said.

More than four children die from child abuse and neglect in the United States every day. And more than 70 percent of those children are under the age of three.

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