Child Abuse Prevention Month


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 resources 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, as 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 2014 as CHILD

ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.