South Carolina General Assembly
115th Session, 2003-2004

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H. 3911


Concurrent Resolution
Sponsors: Reps. J.E. Smith, Allen, Altman, Anthony, Bailey, Bales, Barfield, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Branham, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Ceips, Chellis, Clark, Clemmons, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Emory, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hagood, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kennedy, Kirsh, Koon, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, Richardson, Rivers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sheheen, Simrill, Sinclair, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Snow, Stewart, Stille, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Umphlett, Vaughn, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Wilkins, Witherspoon and Young
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1167

Introduced in the House on April 2, 2003
Introduced in the Senate on April 2, 2003
Adopted by the General Assembly on April 3, 2003

Summary: Child Abuse Prevention Month


     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
    4/2/2003  House   Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-4
    4/2/2003  Senate  Introduced SJ-15
    4/2/2003  Senate  Referred to Committee on General SJ-15
    4/3/2003  Senate  Recalled from Committee on General SJ-3
    4/3/2003  Senate  Adopted, returned to House with concurrence SJ-3

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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 in 2001 investigations were conducted on 35,000 children based on reports made of child abuse and neglect; and

Whereas, from these investigations, it was determined that twelve percent of the children were physically abused, twelve percent were neglected, five percent were sexually abused, one percent were mentally injured, and forty-one percent were threatened by harm; and

Whereas, in 2001 in South Carolina twenty-three children died tragically as a result of child abuse or neglect; twenty-one of the children were under the age of twelve, and eleven were under the age of one; and

Whereas, of these twenty-three children, four children died due to head injuries, six children died due to the Battered Child Syndrome, four children died due to the Shaken Baby Syndrome, two children died due to beatings, one child died due to drowning, four children died due to gun shot wounds, one child died due to a knife stabbing, and one child died due to medical neglect; and

Whereas, child abuse and neglect has a destructive impact on families and far-reaching effects on all communities 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, our communities, and 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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