Child Abuse Awareness Month Kicks Off In Chautauqua County

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DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – A campaign to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect kicked off Wednesday in the City of Dunkirk.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County kicked off their Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

At Dunkirk City Hall, officials placed pinwheels in flower beds outside in homage of the effort.

In 2022, Chautauqua County had a total of 2,499 reports of child abuse resulting in an investigation.

“We can help parents foster their child social emotional development and respond proactively when support is needed,” explained Child Advocacy Center Trauma Therapist Kayleah Feser. “But to do that, we need all hands on deck. It is our collective responsibility to cultivate the safe, stable environments that children need.”

Next week, pinwheels will be placed at Jamestown City Hall and the Chautauqua Municipal Building.


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