R 196
2019 -- H 5961
Enacted 04/04/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Roberts, Chippendale, Nardone, Quattrocchi, and Filippi
Date Introduced: April 04, 2019

     WHEREAS, Anyone who does anything to help a child in need is a hero; and
     WHEREAS, Annually, the month of April is designated as National Child Abuse
Prevention Month in order to "recognize the importance of families and communities working
together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of
children and families"; and
     WHEREAS, Child abuse includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Child neglect is
defined as emotional, educational, physical, and medical neglect, as well as a failure to provide
for basic needs; and
     WHEREAS, Children are the most vulnerable among us and everything that can be done
must be done to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect, and have the opportunity to
pursue their dreams in secure and healthy environments; and
     WHEREAS, Every child deserves to be loved, nurtured, and safe. Parents, family
members, teachers, and other caregivers profoundly shape children's lives and it is essential that
they be the child's first line of defense; and
     WHEREAS, According to RI KIDS COUNT, in 2017 in Rhode Island, there were 2,404
indicated investigations of child abuse and neglect involving 3,357 children; and
     WHEREAS, About 52 percent of the victims of child abuse and neglect in 2017 were
young children under age six and 34 percent were ages three and younger; and
     WHEREAS, In the words of author and survivor Dave Pelzer, "Childhood should be
carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul"; now, therefore be
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commemorates April, 2019, as "Child Abuse Prevention Month"
and urges all Rhode Islanders to support efforts that promote children's psychological, physical,
and emotional development; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island, and the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and