Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, our children are our most valuable resource and will shape the future of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, child abuse is considered to be one of our nation’s most serious public health problems, with scientific studies documenting the link between the abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of medical, emotional, psychological, and behavioral disorders; and

WHEREAS, the majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community; and

WHEREAS, all citizens should contribute to a safe, nurturing environment to support families raising children; and

WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among families, social service agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community; and

WHEREAS, we acknowledge that we must work together as a community to increase awareness about child abuse and how we can we prevent it, because prevention remains the best defense for our children; and

WHEREAS, displaying a pinwheel during the month of April will serve as a positive reminder that together we can prevent child abuse and neglect and keep children safe;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2015 as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens