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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month--Fly the Children's Memorial Flag!
CWLA launched this campaign in 1998 to draw attention to the problem of nearly 3 million children annually reported abused and neglected as part of a national initiative to reduce child mortality. This year, the focus of the Children's Memorial Flag Initiative will be on supporting the White House Conference on Children and Youth as an effective way to accomplish this goal.
April was first proclaimed as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983 to recognize the alarming rate at which children were being abused and neglected. Twenty-five years later, the numbers of children who continue to be abused and neglected are still unbearably high.
The Children's Memorial Flag was created by a 16-year old student in Alameda County, California. It is flown on the fourth Friday in April, honoring each lost child and raising public awareness about the continuing problem of violence against children. Many governors, state legislatures, mayors, and other officials have flown the flag from state capitols and city halls nationwide, and many resolutions have been passed in support of the initiative.
You can commemorate the 25th anniversary of National Child Abuse Prevention Month by flying or displaying a flag or contacting your state or local government to encourage them to fly the flag.
For additional background on National Children's Memorial Flag Day, facts and figures about child abuse and neglect, flag orders, and a list of supporters in your state, visit www.cwla.org/advocacy/memorialflag.htm.
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