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April 10, 2002
Introduced by Reps. J.E. Smith, Allen, Allison, Altman, Askins, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Campsen, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Easterday, Edge, Emory, Fleming, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kennedy, Kirsh, Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, Riser, Rivers, Rodgers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sharpe, Sheheen, Simrill, Sinclair, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Snow, Stille, Stuart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper, White, Wilder, Wilkins, Witherspoon, A. Young and J. Young
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Read the first time March 26, 2002.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4953) to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
LARRY A. MARTIN for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
The bill does not require a change in the operation of any state agency; therefore, there is no impact on the General Fund of the State or federal and/or other funds.
Office of State Budget
TO RECOGNIZE APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH.
Whereas, child abuse is a pervasive problem throughout the United States as well as in South Carolina; and
Whereas, more than 3,000,000 children in the United States are reported as abused or neglected each year, and in South Carolina 19,084 cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in the year 2000; and
Whereas, one in four girls and one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach their eighteenth birthday; and
Whereas, four children die daily in the United States as a result of maltreatment, and at least twenty South Carolina children died in the year 2000 from abuse or neglect; and
Whereas, child abuse and neglect has an overwhelming negative impact on families and far-reaching effects on all communities in which we live and leaves devastating emotional scars on the children who are victims; and
Whereas, child protection is the responsibility of every citizen, community, and governmental agency; and
Whereas, for the future of our children, our families, and our communities, as well as for the future of our State, this pandemic social problem must be addressed through public awareness and education as well as through programs and services for children and families; and
Whereas, the protection and safety of South Carolina's children must be a major priority of this State. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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