It’s a job you wish every day was a slow day, but reality is, the Mercy Child Advocacy Center is often very busy. Child abuse awareness month is April and the center at Mercy Medical is using the month to raise awareness.
The Mercy Child Advocacy Center has been open for 26 years and has seen 15 thousand patients. They see children of all ages and kinds of abuse, physical, sexual, neglect, and drug endangerment. An interviewer at the center says it’s not just low income or struggling families that see problems with abuse like many expect, it can happen to anyone and is preventable.
“As parents we can have open dialog with our kids about sexuality, about things that are appropriate versus inappropriate, topics like secrets…. having those conversations with your kids is really important” says Amy Scarmon, Interviewer at Mercy Child Advocacy Center.
As a way to raise awareness, the Mercy Child Advocacy Center will be taking part in a wear blue day on April 15th, holding conferences and seminars, and giving local businesses a bouquet of pinwheels, the symbol of child abuse awareness.
“People see pinwheels and they think, ‘Oh that’s such a happy fun springtime thing’. And, it really does represent that sort of happy time in people’s lives when things are carefree and its fun, and that’s what we want the pinwheel to be and that’s what we want kids to have” says Amy Scarmon, Interviewer at Mercy Child Advocacy Center.
They will also be holding an wear blue event at the Sioux City Explorers game Memorial Day Weekend.