Governor Kicks Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Sam Brownback kicked off child abuse prevention month Thursday.

He and Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore took part in a pinwheel planting ceremony in front of the Kansas State Capitol building.

During Thursday's event local children planted pinwheels in the garden at the south steps of the Capitol to honor the smallest victims of abuse.

Officials are urging the public to step up to prevent abuse.

"We ask the public to partner with us in being aware and if they see anything that look suspicious, not to hesitate to call," said Gilmore. "That we certainly have trained investigators that can tell if something is serious."

Also Thursday the Kansas Children's Service League hosted an event to spotlight child abuse prevention or "cap" month at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center in Topeka.

The Pre-K class from TDC's Little Explorers Learning Center at Trinity helped plant a pinwheel garden outside the Discovery Center...

Children also got the chance to create there own pinwheel themed art.