Almost 1,500 children were abused or neglected in La Crosse County last year.
To honor the victims as part of National Child Abuse Prevention month, a pinwheel for each child was placed in the lawn outside Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.
The effort is known as Pinwheels for Prevention.
The goal is to raise awareness in the community about just how big of a problem it is, and how we all play a part in prevention. "Our community is full of children and we have a lot of adults out there that are looking after them and they get the education and they understand that if they see a child who's struggling, who's hurting and they feel that they've been victimized, they make that phone call to the authorities, whether it's law enforcement or child protective services to make sure they get the help those children need," said the Coordinator of Child Advocacy Center Jeanne Meyer.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a joint effort between Gundersen Health System, the Family and Children Center's Stepping Stones program, and the Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force.