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Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Effective Date: Sunday, April 1st, 2012

WHEREAS, every child is entitled to be loved, cared for, secure, and protected from verbal, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It is the responsibility of our society to protect every child’s inalienable right to life and liberty; and

WHEREAS, child abuse continues to be one of our nation’s most serious public health problems. Studies have shown that victims of childhood abuse are more likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, and engage in destructive behaviors with drugs, alcohol, and others; and

WHEREAS, social acceptance of myths about child abuse silences victims and encourages public denial about the true nature of this tragic epidemic; and

WHEREAS, 70 percent of all reported sexual crimes in the United States involve children. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, and one in five children is solicited sexually while on the internet; and

WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure every family is safe, secure, and has the support needed to raise their children in a healthy environment. By providing a safe and nurturing environment for our children, free of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect, we can ensure that Alaska’s children grow to their full potential as leaders, helping to secure the future of this great state and nation; and

WHEREAS, this month, we emphasize the importance of understanding the devastating problem of child abuse and neglect, and commit to learn more about the behavioral and physical signs of possible abuse.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 2012 as:

Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

in Alaska, and call upon all Alaskans to join me in dedicating their energies to cherishing and protecting Alaska’s children and supporting our families, ultimately strengthening the communities in which we live.

Dated: February 14, 2012

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