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Community steps up to fight abuse
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Posted: 2013 Apr 05 - 07:15

Hello, everyone.

I recently had one of the most informative weeks in Port St. Lucie last week when two events took place that dealt with educating others about abuse.

The first took place at the Port St. Lucie City Hall on March 28, as I watched Lauren Book walk to promote physical and sexual abuse awareness.

This is the third year the community has seen her. Ms. Book does an annual "Walk in My Shoes," where she travels from Key West to Tallahassee, finishing with a rally at the state capital.

She not only promotes awareness for child abuse, she is also working on expanding the state's kindergarten abuse prevention curriculum to include grades up to the fifth grade, and include Internet safety and bullying.

Bullying was also a topic the Port St. Lucie Police Department addressed during an informational family forum on March 28.

This forum was directed at the students in Port St. Lucie, and helps them learn new ways to discourage bullying and how to support other students who are bullied.

It's good to know that local government has stepped up to address these concerns, and shown their support in helping the community with these difficult topics.

Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor of Hometown News and can be reached at dkrebs@hometownnewsol.com.

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