Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Governor Matt Mead honored National Crime Victims Right's Week, Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Friday in Cheyenne.
Saturday marks the end of NCVRW, and Mead signified the importance of the week and the month by signing three proclamations. Mead signed the first proclamation in the Capitol rotunda early Friday morning. Guest speakers included Steve Corsi from the Department of Family services and Cara Chambers from the Division of Victims Services. Both talked about the strides Wyoming is making in reducing child abuse and child abuse recurrence. There are more than 700 cases of child abuse reported each year in the state. But according to Corsi, 98.6 percent of children who reported experiencing neglect and abuse, do not report a recurrence of the abuse or neglect.
Lynn Huylar is the director of Safe Harbor in Cheyenne and said it takes the entire community to keep children, the most vulnerable victims, safe.
Later, Governor Mead signed two more proclamations at a brunch at the Governor's residence to raise awareness about sexual assault. Cara Chambers said it's often a difficult subject to talk about and many people find reasons not to discuss it, but that light needs to be shed on the situation. Huylar added that most instances of child abuse seal with abuse of a sexual nature.
On his third stop of the day, Mead was joined by Mayor Rick Kaysen and Police Chief Brian Kozak at Christ Lutheran AKidemy to speak to children. The children planted pinwheels in the garden outside of the preschool, and Mead said that everyone, whether you have a child or not needs to be looking out for Wyoming's children because they are the state's best and most precious resource.
Attendees of the morning proclamation signing also planted pinwheels on the east lawn of the Capitol.