Swartz Creek Councilwoman and GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club member Rae Lynn Hicks continues an annual tradition by “planting” a pinwheel garden in the front yard of her home. The Women’s Club has set up the garden every April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, for years as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention program to raise awareness of the crisis of child abuse. In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its 29th annual report on child maltreatment. Using data from 2018, the last year for which complete data is available, the department reported that the rate of abuse and neglect had risen for the first time since 2015. About 678,000 children were confirmed to be victims of abuse, with 60.8 percent of those victims being neglected, 10.7 percent physically abused, and 7 percent sexually abused.