To find out more about child abuse prevention, please visit the Department of Public Welfare online at www.dpw.state.pa.us.
Media contacts: Carey Miller or Anne Bale, 717-425-7606
Editor's Note:The full text of Governor Corbett's proclamation is below.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTHApril 2013 WHEREAS, Every child in the Commonwealth deserves to be cared for by adults who provide love, protection and a safe environment; and WHEREAS, protected and unharmed childhoods produce self-assured and successful adults; and WHEREAS, children who are abused and neglected can become permanently disabled and psychologically distressed adults, experiencing problems with substance abuse, crime or domestic violence against others, including their own children; and WHEREAS, in Pennsylvania, 3,565 children were reported abused in 2012; and WHEREAS, child abuse includes physical and psychological wounds inflicted upon a child, and abuse survivors wear physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives; and WHEREAS, protecting children against abuse and neglect requires the involvement of everyone—a combined effort is imperative to help families break the chains of abuse; and WHEREAS, many dedicated organizations continue to work in cooperation with federal and state governments to increase public awareness and promote individual and community action, as they strive to eradicate this devastating form of violence, protect children and help build healthy families and communities where children can reach their potential. THEREFORE, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 2013 as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in Pennsylvania and encourage all citizens to cherish our children and join in protecting them from all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare