CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
WHEREAS, the month of April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the United States; and
WHEREAS, during Fiscal Year 2002-2003, 370 qualifying reports of suspected child abuse or neglect involving an estimated 524 children were investigated in the County of Albemarle; and
WHEREAS, physical abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, medical neglect, and emotional abuse and neglect, lead to long-term outcomes for children such as developmental delay, mental and emotional disorders, antisocial and criminal behavior, childhood pregnancy, truancy and academic failure, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide; and
WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle faces a continuing need to support innovative programs to prevent child abuse and to assist family members when child abuse occurs; and
WHEREAS, in Albemarle there are dedicated individuals and organizations who work daily to counter the problem of child abuse and neglect and to provide parents with the assistance they need; and
WHEREAS, all children deserve freedom from verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect, and emotional abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, children deserve to have days which include loving hugs, warm homes, tender care, parents and adults who listen and who promote self-esteem, give quality time, provide necessary food, shelter, clothing, and medical attention; and
WHEREAS, it is vital that we join forces to reach out to parents and children to prevent recurrence of child abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, it is indeed appropriate and fitting to focus attention upon the problem of child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the County of Albemarle;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Lindsay G. Dorrier, Jr., on behalf of the Albemarle Board of County Supervisors, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2004, as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in the County of Albemarle, and do call upon our citizens to observe the month with appropriate programs, blue ribbons and other activities.
Signed and sealed this 7th day of April, 2004.
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