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DANVILLE, Pa. – In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, staff members from the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center in Sunbury planted dozens of blue mylar pinwheels in the entrance of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 
The pinwheels represent playfulness, joy and a carefree childhood. They serve as a reminder to protect and nurture our children and that prevention is possible if we are brave enough to intervene. Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign for child abuse prevention. 
“In the U.S., five children die every day from abuse or neglect, and in 80% of those cases at least one parent was involved. Communities have got to come together and find ways to identify and protect those children who are at risk,” said Melissa Wagner, program director of child safety and advocacy at Geisinger. “We hope that the pinwheels remind community members that if they suspect abuse, they should report it. You just never know when you might be saving a child’s life.” 
Child Advocacy Center staff members who took part in the pinwheel planting included: (from left) Lynn Gray, sexual assault nurse examiner; Melissa Wagner; Sherry Moroz, forensic interviewer; Alexis Smith, program coordinator; and Jessica Eisely, victim advocate.

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