Dozens of pinwheels were placed at locations around Santa Barbara County this week to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The pinwheels can be seen planted outside Lompoc City Hall, the County Government Center in Santa Maria, and the Veterans Memorial Building in Solvang.
Each pinwheel represents the 1 in 5 children suspected of being abused. The North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center says the pinwheels were chosen to “exemplify the innocence of youth.”
April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and on Thursday, April 4, the North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center will host a vigil and march in Santa Maria. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the South Valley Community Church, located at 1054 E. Clark Ave.