Commentary, 0419 UTBJ, Vol. 32, No. 2. 44

AuthorGREGORY N. HOOLE, SEAN D. REYES, AND SIM GILL
PositionVol. 32 2 Pg. 44

Commentary

Vol. 32 No. 2 Pg. 44

Utah Bar Journal

April, 2019

March,

2019

Wheels

of Justice Rides to Make a Difference

GREGORY N. HOOLE, SEAN D. REYES, AND SIM GILL

One in

five children in Utah will be sexually abused before they

turn eighteen. Child sex abuse alone costs Utah taxpayers $1

billion annually. And these numbers do not include the

victims of the child sex trade, nor do they say anything

about the many other forms of child abuse, such as physical,

verbal, and emotional abuse. Wheels of Justice is committed

to doing something about this.

Wheels

of Justice

Wheels

of Justice is a local cycling club dedicated to ending all

forms of child abuse. Wheels of Justice welcomes all types of

riders (roadies, mountain bikers, triathletes, commuters,

casual riders, etc.) and even non-riders to its team. A

nonprofit corporation, it raises money and awareness and

provides limited pro bono legal services to support four

outstanding organizations making a difference in our

community: Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU), Friends of the

Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center (Friends of

the CJC), Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), and the

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC). Each of these

organizations addresses specific aspects of child abuse.

Together, they address all facets and stages of abuse, from

prevention to recovery.

Prevent

Child Abuse Utah

The

mission of PCAU is to forge and guide a community commitment

to prevent child abuse in all forms through education,

services, and public awareness. PCAU provides prevention

education to both students and adults throughout the state.

Its student presentations include child abuse prevention,

bullying prevention, internet safety, and healthy

relationships. Its adult presentations are geared towards

adults working with children and the overall community. It

also administers a sexual abuse prevention training program

for parents and caregivers. All of PCAU’s education is

evidence-informed, age-based, and free of charge.

PCAU’s

logo is a blue pinwheel. PCAU explains that the pinwheel

“represents the carefree and innocent childhood we all

wish for the children in our lives. The pinwheel symbolizes

the innocence of childhood and the bright, happy future every

child deserves.”

Friends

of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice

Center

The

Friends of the CJC is a private nonprofit that provides

support to the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice

Center. The Children’s Justice Center (CJC) is a public

entity supported by state, federal, and county funding, as

well as the caring generosity of donors, sponsors, and grants

to provide the best possible care for children, teens, and

family members impacted by crime.

The

CJC’s expert team empowers child abuse victims to

become survivors. The team provides crisis support, onsite

medical exams, sensitive forensic interview sessions to

record their statements, referrals to trauma...

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