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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 6, 2016 04:43 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Child Abuse Prevention Month
In the near future I will be introducing a resolution to designate April 2016 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, there were 3,440 substantiated cases of child abuse in the Commonwealth, with 30 children dying as a result of abuse and neglect. Child abuse crosses all racial, economic and geographic boundaries and the damaging effects of child abuse include, but are not limited to, school failure, alcohol and drug abuse and physical and psychological difficulties.

Child abuse can and must be prevented and awareness must be raised so that families can learn that they have access to community resources which offer support, information and guidance to help stop or prevent abusive behaviors or conditions. Many Pennsylvanians in schools, social service agencies, churches and neighborhood groups throughout this Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, are working to support the victims of child abuse and prevent future abuse.

My resolution recognizes and commends these efforts being made to guarantee a childhood free of abuse and victimization to every child in this Commonwealth.

Introduced as SR336