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Dunebrook kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Wear Blue Day on April 1, and also asked supporters to create pinwheel gardens, and purchase special shirts. Tim Gartland and his daughter, Norah, were among those who got into the spirit.

MICHIGAN CITY — There were 380 substantiated cases of child abuse reported in La Porte County in 2020, up from the 289 in 2019.

The spike could be attributed to families having been isolated at home during the global pandemic, according to Pam Henderson, director of grants at Dunebrook Inc. The vast majority of child abuse is perpetrated by someone the victim knows, loves and trusts, she said.

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