UTICA, N.Y. -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Oneida County is raising awareness of child abuse.
Wednesday, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, joined by Sheriff Robert Maciol and other advocacy officials, placed "Pinwheels for Prevention" outside the Oneida County Advocacy Center in Utica.
The CAC deals specifically with sexual abuse cases and serious physical injury cases.
Oneida County Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara says case numbers are going up because of awareness.
"Since the first of the year this year, as of yesterday, we have served 265 children in this county. That is an increase from last year, at the same time we have served 227 children, so there is a definite need, we would love to see those numbers go down," he said.
Advocates say raising awareness is important to let people know there is a whole team dedicated through law enforcement, social services, advocacy counseling, and medical staff to help children dealing with abuse.