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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 1, 2024

WHEREAS, every child is entitled to love, care, security, and protection from abuse, exploitation, and neglect, and we must protect our children’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, child abuse affects millions of children nationwide and thousands in Alaska, and over 90 percent of child abuse is perpetuated by people the children know, love, and trust; and

WHEREAS, the devastating effects of emotional, physical, sexual, and verbal abuse go beyond the initial trauma, often lasting well into adulthood, and victims of childhood abuse are at high-risk for chronic mental and physical health issues such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, heart disease, and are more likely to act violently in dating relationships; and

WHEREAS, families and communities can create a strong support network by providing nurturing homes free of violence, abuse, and neglect, extending helping hands to children and families in need, and facilitating safe, child-friendly activities outside the home; and

WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect can be prevented by supporting Alaska’s families through meaningful partnerships between schools, professional health services, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, law enforcement, tribal leadership, and other organizations; and

WHEREAS, by working together, we can stem the tide of abuse in our Great State, strengthen our families and communities, and ensure that Alaska’s children enjoy brighter futures and grow to their full potential as healthy and productive citizens.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 2024 as:

Child Abuse Prevention Month

in Alaska and encourage all Alaskans to commit to preventing child abuse and supporting efforts to ensure the safety of every child. Please report any instances of known or suspected child abuse and neglect by immediately calling 911 or your local police department, along with the Office of Children’s Services at 1-800-478-4444. Together, we will continue our efforts to provide safe homes and strong families in every Alaskan community.

Dated: April 1, 2024