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A whimsical display at the Langlade County Fairgrounds shares a deadly serious message.

On Wednesday, staff from the Langlade County Health Department, in conjunction with social services, local law enforcement and members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, placed 100 blue pinwheels in the planter under the sign at the main entrance to the fairgrounds.

The focus was Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, designated each April across the nation as a way to increase awareness of the problem and work toward solutions.

Organizers explained that the pinwheel is a symbol for a happy childhood and hope along with an ancient Chinese symbol for luck. The color blue has always been the child abuse awareness color, so blue pinwheels have become a nationwide symbol to promote hope and happiness in children.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. What research showed, and what experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhood supporters want for all children.

Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system, the organization said.

Bikers Against Child Abuse, known as B.A.C.A., is a nationwide organization that focuses on healing children who have suffered from abuse through personal interactions. It exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abuse children and to empower them to not feel afraid of the world.

Based in Merrill, the northwoods chapter serves a five county region.
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Shown with the pinwheels at the Langlade County Fairgrounds sign are, from left, Officer Bruce Brown, Casper, Cobra, Skippy, Gizmo, (second row) Jackie, Sheriff Mark Westen, Sheila Rine, Tracy Chernetski, Sgt. Kevin Ison, Karen Marten, Ann Albrecht, Kristi Auner, Rylee Bricko, Angie Fischer and Stephanie Thiede.

Pinwheels a signal of a very serious child abuse problem
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A whimsical display at the Langlade County Fairgrounds shares a deadly serious message.

On Wednesday, staff from the Langlade County Health Department, in conjunction with social services, local law enforcement and members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, placed 100 blue pinwheels in the planter under the sign at the main entrance to the fairgrounds.

The focus was Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, designated each April across the nation as a way to increase awareness of the problem and work toward solutions.

Organizers explained that the pinwheel is a symbol for a happy childhood and hope along with an ancient Chinese symbol for luck. The color blue has always been the child abuse awareness color, so blue pinwheels have become a nationwide symbol to promote hope and happiness in children.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. What research showed, and what experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhood supporters want for all children.

Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system, the organization said.

Bikers Against Child Abuse, known as B.A.C.A., is a nationwide organization that focuses on healing children who have suffered from abuse through personal interactions. It exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abuse children and to empower them to not feel afraid of the world.

Based in Merrill, the northwoods chapter serves a five county region.
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Shown with the pinwheels at the Langlade County Fairgrounds sign are, from left, Officer Bruce Brown, Casper, Cobra, Skippy, Gizmo, (second row) Jackie, Sheriff Mark Westen, Sheila Rine, Tracy Chernetski, Sgt. Kevin Ison, Karen Marten, Ann Albrecht, Kristi Auner, Rylee Bricko, Angie Fischer and Stephanie Thiede.
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