JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A Jamestown area child abuse survivor is spreading “courage to get out” during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
A rally planting Pinwheels for Prevention was held at Jamestown City Hall on Wednesday.
Among several keynote speakers, included Jamestown High School student Tatum.
The child and teen abuse survivor shared her story, and, importance of having resources available to help those suffering from abuse.
Specifically, Tatum highlighted the importance of creating safe spaces in schools.
“Although we have good programs, some children are still living in horrible conditions. I encourage you to check in even if you have the slightest suspicion. Even if you can’t help directly let someone know and try to make things easier,” explained Tatum. “I had a hard time sleeping in my childhood home, so I would come into school sleepy and I had a teacher that would let me sleep on her little carpet area. Even if it’s something as simple as that, it means the world to that child”
Pinwheels similar to the ones placed at Jamestown City Hall are sprouting all around Chautauqua County to raise awareness about child abuse, and the importance of speaking up if noticed.
Anyone suspecting child abuse or mistreatment should call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.