Statewide partners against child abuse planted hundreds of children's blue and sliver pinwheels on the lawn of the Wyoming Capital this week to call attention to the importance of prevention and intervention during April, which is child abuse prevention month in Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation at a news conference at the State Capital, declaring April as child abuse awareness month.
Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming Board President Lynn (hi-lar) Huylar also spoke at the news conference, where she stated that taking on child abuse takes a collective effort.
Child abuse continues to be a problem in Wyoming. In 2011, there were 718 child victims and 448 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System report.