NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council proclaimed that April of 2017 would be “Child Abuse Prevention Month”.

The proclamation, presented by the Town Council and read aloud by Mayor Sandra Diglio at their meeting reads the following:

“Whereas, child abuse and neglect is a complex and ongoing problem in our society, affecting many children in Sussex County; and

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Whereas, every child is entitle to be loved, cared for, nurtured, feel secure, and be free from verbal, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, and neglect; and

Whereas, child abuse and neglect not only directly harm children, but also increase the likelihood of criminal behavior, substance abuse, health problems, and risky behavior; and

Whereas, the effects of child abuse are felt by communities as a whole, and need to be addressed by the entire community; and

Whereas, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among families, social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community;

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Town Council of the Town of Newton does proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and calls upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and business to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.”