For several years now I’ve been an advocate for children, maintaining that every child who is living here deserves love and support, no matter what their circumstances. That’s why I’m proud to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County in its 11th-annual Stand Up For Justice Rally, held April 1 at the Dave Peel Park – right across from the Benton County Courthouse in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
The Children’s Advocacy Center has one mission: Empowering Children to Find Their Voice. They do this through providing support to victims and families of those under 18 who report physical and sexual abuse. They provide a non-threatening, child-friendly environment for these families, as well as the following methods of support (according to CAC’s web site):
- Trained forensic interviewers (bilingual services available)
- Specialized Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and an on-site medical exam room
- Child advocates to assess family needs and provide follow-up, support, and referral services
- On-site counselors available to meet with the child and non-offending family members
- All services at no charge to the family
The CAC begins doing this the minute someone contacts the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-482-5964). I’ve visited the CAC of Benton County, and I can’t tell you how comforting and kind it is. It is full of color, happiness and kind hearts and voices. It is a wonderful place to reach out to these children in need.
April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County plans to kick it off with the 11th Annual Stand up for Justice Rally. They’ll be serving hot dogs and drinks, and Benton County Judge Robert Clinard will make a public proclamation marking the month. From there, attendees will be placing 432 Pinwheels across law enforcement centers across Benton County:
- Benton County Sheriff’s Department
- Bentonville Police Department
- Rogers Police Department
- Bella Vista Police Department
- Pea Ridge Police Department
- Little Flock Police Department
Why 432 pinwheels? Each pinwheel represents a reported victim of child abuse in Benton County for last year. These pinwheels, which you may have seen around in recent years, serve as a voice for these children.
You can keep up-to-date on this rally and the upcoming Glow Run fundraiser (April 19) by checking this web site, following @cacbentonco on Twitter, or checking the hashtag #CACpinwheel. Let’s speak up for these kids! They need it!