April 2012 and Wednesday, April 4: Child Abuse Prevention Month and Day of Hope

WHEREAS, each day, five children in the U.S. die of abuse or neglect in the home; in 2011, more than 32,500 children were abused or neglected in Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, in Michigan and throughout the nation, 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 prevention 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, during this month and on the "Day of Hope," we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services, Children's Trust Fund and Childhelp to encourage citizens throughout Michigan and the U.S. to join the fight against child abuse and neglect; children are the future of our state and nation and it is our duty to help them grow and develop to their fullest potential; 


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2012 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Wednesday, April 4, 2012 as the "Day of Hope" in Michigan.