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    Child Abuse Prevention Month: A Conversation with Debbie Riley Broadnax Shuylar Black & Bobby Dewrell

Welcome to the Let’s Talk Podcast, where we keep Northwest Floridians connected with local leaders. In this episode, we have a special guest, Debbie Riley Broadnax, from the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). Debbie is here to talk about the activities planned for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and the important work that ECCAC does year-round.

About Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

ECCAC, also known as E-Shack, has been focused on securing safe and healthy homes for children in the Okaloosa County area for nearly 25 years. Their primary focus is to ensure that every child has a happy, healthy, and safe childhood, free from abuse and neglect.

ECCAC’s Efforts and Programs

  • ECCAC provides a range of services, including advocacy, therapy, medical support, social work, and counseling, to help children and families in need.
  • The organization also works within the school system to educate and implement preventative measures to keep children safe.
  • ECCAC has a curriculum for use in schools to raise awareness and educate children about abuse prevention.

The Symbolism of the Pinwheel

Debbie explains that the pinwheel has become a symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month, representing the innocence and whimsical nature of childhood. The pinwheel serves as a reminder of the efforts to make changes nationwide and the importance of recognizing and preventing child abuse.

How to Report Child Abuse

Debbie emphasizes the importance of reporting any suspicions of child abuse. She encourages listeners to call the Department of Children and Families at 1-800-CHILD-ABUSE to report any concerns. ECCAC is fully equipped to handle such situations and offers a range of resources and support for families in need.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities

ECCAC has several activities planned for Child Abuse Prevention Month, including:

  • Manicure Movement: Encouraging individuals to paint one fingernail blue as a symbol of support for child abuse prevention.
  • Spirit Week: A week dedicated to raising awareness and taking action against child abuse.
  • Colors Against Change: A week focused on promoting change in child abuse and raising awareness through various activities and events.

Get Involved and Support ECCAC

ECCAC invites the public to participate in their events and activities during Child Abuse Prevention Month. They also encourage donations and support through their website,

Debbie’s passion and dedication to the cause of preventing child abuse are evident throughout the conversation. Her insights and the work of ECCAC serve as a reminder of the importance of protecting and nurturing every child’s right to a safe and happy childhood.

We hope this conversation has shed light on the crucial work being done by ECCAC and the significance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join us in supporting their efforts and making a difference in the lives of children in our community.

Thank you for listening to the Let’s Talk Podcast. Stay tuned for more insightful conversations with local leaders and advocates.

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