Blue pinwheels were placed on the grounds of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center today to mark Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara says every adult needs to play a role in protecting children every month.

The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center served 869 children last year.

Since January 1, the CAC has 304 reports of child sexual abuse.

The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center is comprised of members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Rome Police, Utica Police, and the New York State Police, as well as victim advocates from the YWCA, victim counselors from Center for Family Life and and Recovery, and the Neighborhood Center.

In 2020, 19,984 abused and neglected children were served by 46 Child Advocacy Centers covering 60 Counties and 3 Tribal Nations in New York State.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

LOOK: Stunning animal photos from around the world

From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife around the world capture the staggering grace of the animal kingdom. The forthcoming gallery runs sequentially from air to land to water, and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life, and insects as they work in pairs or groups, or sometimes all on their own.