Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month: “Each year, April marks the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, officially recognized in 1983, aims to promote child abuse awareness and prevention measures. “According to a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) study 436,321 reports of child abuse or neglect were substantiated in 2010 alone. However for many reasons, this number may be significantly higher. Those thousands of cases represent people – what’s more is that they represent children. As a survivor of child abuse, I can say firsthand that no one should ever experience the pain and fear that are tied with abuse and especially not a child. “It comes as no surprise, that the majority of abused children have at least one psychological disorder later in life, according to another HHS report. Child abuse can also result in an increased risk for teen pregnancy, venereal diseases and arrest. Some abused children continue the cycle of violence towards their own children. “Child abuse is a tragic epidemic that must be stopped. The cure is through education and prevention programs. We must end this type of abuse at its core – the family. Strong and supportive families can reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. “Child abuse is not a problem specific to one demographic, but a cancer that destroys families and communities across racial and socio-economic lines. This month and every month, I urge everyone to become actively involved in ending this violence against children.” For more information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month and what you can do to protect our children visit www.childwelfare.gov.
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