Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New

WHEREAS, The month of April is a time to understand that everyone can
play a part in promoting the physical, social, and emotional well-being
of children and families; and
WHEREAS, It is absolutely critical that the State of New York do all
it can to protect every child and to help foster a healthy, safe envi-
ronment for children to learn and grow; and
WHEREAS, Each year, more than three million children in the United
States are reported as victims of child abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, At least 1,545 children tragically lose their lives at the
hands of an adult abuser each year in our country -- most before they
even turn four years-old; and
WHEREAS, The United States ranks highest in child abuse fatalities of
any industrialized nation; and
WHEREAS, The loss of even one child to abuse is one child too many;
WHEREAS, In 2011, 72,625 children were abused or neglected in New
York; and
WHEREAS, In our country, a child is abused or neglected every 36
seconds, and, according to the United States Department of Health and
Human Services, only 40 percent of abused children receive the services
they need to fully recover from their suffering; and
WHEREAS, When abuse happens, it can leave traumatic and long-lasting
physical and emotional effects; research studies have linked child
maltreatment with adverse health and mental health outcomes in children
and families, and the negative effects can last a lifetime; and
WHEREAS, A child's early experience of being nurtured and developing a
bond with a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and develop-
ment; and
WHEREAS, When parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one
another, children develop trust that their parents will provide what
they need to thrive, including love, acceptance, positive guidance, and
protection; and
WHEREAS, All families benefit when the State keeps children safe;
information, guidance, and support have historically helped millions of
families as they meet the challenges of parenthood; and
WHEREAS, Young New Yorkers are our future; children, our most precious
resource must be kept safe and protected from harm; now, therefore, be
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Child
Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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