April 2013: Child Abuse Prevention Month
WHEREAS, nationally, it is estimated that more than 1,540 children die each year from child abuse and neglect; in Michigan, 33,600 children were abused or neglected last year; and,
WHEREAS, child abuse is considered to be one of the most serious public health issues, with scientific studies documenting the link between the abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of medical, emotional, psychological and behavioral disorders, including depression, alcoholism, drug abuse and juvenile delinquency; and,
WHEREAS, child abuse costs our nation an estimated annual direct cost of $124 billion, about $1,400 for the average American family each year; and,
WHEREAS, child abuse prevention strengthens families, is cost-effective and is an acknowledged community responsibility; collectively, we must promote family cohesion and resiliency, provide social support systems and encourage child development education in order to prevent the maltreatment of children; and,
WHEREAS, we stand with the Michigan Department of Human Services and Children's Trust Fund to encourage all residents to join the fight against child abuse and neglect; the power of one person, one community, one dollar and one action, especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month, will help protect children throughout Michigan and the U.S. from abuse and neglect;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan.