CAC sets groundwork for Walton County location

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 04:14 PM.

"We need to let them know we're doing them a favor; they're not doing us a favor," Miller added.

It's a favor that the ECCAC wishes they didn't have to carry out. Numbers of abuse cases in Walton County have risen over the years. In 2009, the center served 62 children. Those numbers rose to 243 in 2012. ECCAC does not see every reported case, but the more egregious ones are referred to the center. And then there are those cases that never get reported.

"Statistics say that about two-thirds of cases out there that we're not seeing," Hurst explained.

Hurst is serious about her "build it in six days plan," and is hoping to find the perfect start and at least start building in the next year.

"We're saving kids and putting the bad people away," she said. "Our goal is to be a part of creating a healthy and safe environment for children and families. Some people might believe 'It's not my kid,' but it's all of our kids. Child abuse is a community problem, and having an advocacy center makes a community healthier and stronger."



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