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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  The Marine Corps Logistics Base kicked off Child Abuse Prevention month with a morning run and an annual ceremony.

200 Marines ran a short fun run on the base to help raise awareness of child abuse.

Speakers , music, and the signing of a proclamation to protect children were all a part of this morning's event.

Lt. Col. Donald Finn also spoke to Marines directly encouraging them not to take their stress out on kids.

MCLB Marine and Family Services has counseling available for marines who struggle with family issues. 

"It's very important we address issues like child abuse which has a negative impact on the mission, the community, the base," said Brenda Ray of MCLB Marine and Family Services. "So we want to raise awareness and we have events like this to do that."

Counselors say child abuse and neglect can run children's lives, destroy families, and even cause juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy.

Dozens of pinwheels were given out and spread across the MCLB lawn Thursday. The Pinwheels for Prevention is a nation campaign aimed at preventing child abuse.

 

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