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Tallahassee TU Social Work seniors plan walk to raise awareness of child abuse

The graduating seniors in the Thomas University Social Work program at Tallahassee Community College are tackling the issue of child abuse by partnering with Brehon Family Services to hold “Walk It Out” to raise awareness of child abuse prevention on Saturday, April 15, in Cascades Park in Tallahassee.

“Walk It Out” participants will not only have the opportunity to spend time walking with family and friends, but also bring awareness to this issue of child abuse in Florida. According to the Department of Children and Families, 457 children died in Florida in 2016 due to child abuse or neglect. Currently, DCF is investigating 135,728 cases of child abuse and neglect.

The students decided to partner with Brehon Family Services, whose mission is to improve the lives of children and their families by providing services that promote healthy babies while preventing child abuse and neglect. “Walk It Out” also recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“I’d like to encourage you to come out and support our family walk to raise awareness for child abuse prevention,” said Jackie Malone, Executive Director of Brehon Family Services.

Exhibitors at the event will include Capital Community Youth Services, the Department of Children and Families, Big Bend Cares, Big Bend Area Health Education Center and Frenchtown Market.

“Walk It Out” begins on April 15 with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Shirley O’Rear, Assistant Executive Director with Brehon Family Services at 850-656-7110 Ext. 2 or


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