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Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

    Proclamation

WHEREAS, children are the embodiment of innocence and our hope for the future, and every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing environment, free from harm and fear.  Sadly, however, child abuse is a reality, a problem we must relentlessly combat through awareness, education and actions, and

WHEREAS, every responsible person will agree that even one abused child is one too many, but still our state’s child protection caseloads are evidence of the shameful fact that child abuse is a widespread issue in Texas; and 

WHEREAS, over 66,721 children were confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Texas just last year, and over 705 children living in Galveston County were confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect; and

WHEREAS, when abuse or neglect occurs, we have a duty to report it to the appropriate authorities. All responsible citizens must do what is necessary to resolve this insidious issue; and

WHEREAS, there are many ways we can make a difference.  Through education and awareness like parenting programs, programs that strengthen families, learning the signs of abuse, teaching young children about appropriate touches, sharing information with teens about healthy dating, offering a helping hand to stressed out/fatigued parents, reporting suspected abuse, all these initiatives, discourage child abuse; and

WHEREAS, to significantly impact child abuse, partnerships must be established between citizens, agencies, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement, and business communities to work together and make every effort to promote programs that benefit children and strengthen families.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pat Hallisey, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the 10th Mayor of the City of League City do hereby declare April 2016 as  

“Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month”

in the great City of League City, and encourage all citizens to join me in renewing our commitment to preventing child abuse and to learning what we can do to promote the safety and well-being of our community’s children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of League City, Texas, to be affixed on this the 12th day of April 2016.

                                                                                 Signed by Mayor Pat Hallisey


                                                                                                              Signed by Mayor Timothy Paulissen

                                                                                                              Signed by Mayor Timothy Paulissen