HCR 7: Proclaiming April 2015 as Child Abuse Prevention Month; and proclaiming April 3, 2015, as Go Blue Friday.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 7 01 Proclaiming April 2015 as Child Abuse Prevention Month; and proclaiming April 3, 02 2015, as Go Blue Friday. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the state currently has one of the five highest rates of child abuse in the 05 United States; and 06 WHEREAS, in fiscal year 2014, the Department of Health and Social Services, 07 Office of Children's Services, received more than 40,000 allegations of harm involving tens of 08 thousands of children; and 09 WHEREAS, for every 1,000 children in the state, 42 are victims of abuse; and 10 WHEREAS more than 2,000 children in the state have been removed from unsafe 11 homes and placed in foster care; and 12 WHEREAS child abuse and neglect leave cross-generational damage resulting in 13 approximately 30 percent of abused or neglected children who will grow up to abuse or 14 neglect their children; and 15 WHEREAS 36 percent of all women in prison and 14 percent of all men in prison 16 were abused or neglected as children; and
01 WHEREAS children who experience child abuse or neglect are about nine times 02 more likely to become involved in criminal activity than children who do not experience child 03 abuse or neglect; and 04 WHEREAS the long-term effects of child abuse include improper brain formation, an 05 inability to trust, low self-esteem, and an increased vulnerability to post-traumatic stress 06 disorder, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, cancer, and depression; and 07 WHEREAS every child deserves a loving family, a safe home, and the opportunity to 08 grow into an upstanding and responsible member of society; and 09 WHEREAS we must work together to support the efforts of all those who take 10 children into their homes and hearts because the community as a whole suffers in every case 11 of child abuse and neglect; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims April 2015 to be 13 Child Abuse Prevention Month in the state; and be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims April 3, 2015, 15 as Go Blue Friday, a day to wear blue, the official color of prevention, and to work to keep 16 the state's children safe and encourages all state employees and other residents of the state to 17 participate; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports and encourages 19 all state employees and other residents of the state to support child abuse prevention and 20 education efforts.