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April proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today proclaimed April “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” joining other states and organizations around the country in promoting child-abuse awareness and prevention strategies.“Acts of violence and neglect against children are intolerable,” said Children’s Services Commissioner Kathryn O’Day. “It is the collective responsibility of all Tennesseans to keep our children safe, and it can be as simple as lending an ear to a stressed mother or learning to spot the early warning signs of abuse and neglect.“Everyone’s participation is critical to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”Child abuse occurs when a child is injured or put at risk of harm as a result of neglect or mistreatment.Abuse includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or psychological harm.

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