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Spreading awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Panama City Beach is helping to recognize...
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Panama City Beach is helping to recognize and spread awareness about the issue.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 11:22 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY Beach, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Panama City Beach is helping recognize and spread awareness about the issue.

After being contacted by an advocate from the local child advocacy center, the city volunteered to put up blue lights to call attention to child abuse and neglect.

The lights serve as a sign to recognize victims in our community.

”We just really feel, especially for the children, when they are victimized, we want everyone to pause and think about this. And if they do know a child they think is being abused, we want them to contact authorities, so we can help that child,” says Debbie Ward, Communication Director for the City of Panama City Beach.

Ward says the city has reached out to the SkyWheel in Pier Park, and the attraction has agreed to light up the wheel a light blue color every Saturday night in support of the cause.

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