SEATTLE -- Pinwheels grace the grounds of Children's Hospital in Seattle to represent the thousands of children abused each year at the hands of an adult.
Thursday, toddlers Donovan, Amanda and Jewel raced to stake their claim, placing glossy pinwheels of purple and pink into the soft ground.
Their mom Jamie stays behind with her youngest son Colby Thompson. On May 20, 2010, Colby was assaulted by his babysitter and now has a traumatic brain injury. Colby is blind, he cannot eat, walk or talk on his own.
"It is very hard, especially at Christmas time seeing all the toys we can't buy for him and we should have been buying him," said Jamie.
"You can't imagine someone hurting a baby, hurting a child, people can't imagine sexual abuse," says Dr. Rebecca Wiester. "We see the dynamics of some changing families related to the economy, related to many people being deployed. That changes the way families normally work."
For Jamie the reasons offer insight, but they shouldn't be an excuse.
"You have to be gentle when handling them, if you are frustrated it is not safe for you to be holding a baby or a toddler you need to put them in a safe place and take an adult time out," she said.
Last year Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law the Colby Thompson Act - which mandates increased transparency of violations and licensing of caregivers.
For more information on child abuse reporting and prevention, visit http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/