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H.J.Res. 121 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the month of April 1985 as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month”.


The text of the resolution below is as of Apr 4, 1985 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 99-13—APR. 4, 1985                                      99 STAT. 33

Public Law 99-13
99th Congress
                            Joint Resolution
                                                                                     Apr 4 1985
To designate the month of April 1985 as "National Child Abuse Prevention Month".      ^ ' '
                                                                                    [H.J. Res. 121]
Whereas the incidence and prevalence of child abuse and neglect
 have reached alarming proportions in the United States;
Whereas an estimated two million children become victims of child
 abuse in this Nation each year;
Whereas an estimated five thousand of these children die as a result
 of such abuse each year;
Whereas the Nation faces a continuing need to support innovative
 programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and family
 members in which child abuse occurs;
Whereas Congress has expressed its commitment to seeking and
 applying solutions to this problem by enacting the Child Abuse
 Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974;                               42 use 5ioi
Whereas many dedicated individuals and private organizations, "o*®
 including Parents Anonymous, the National Committee for the
 Prevention of Child Abuse, American Humane Association, and
 other members of the National Child Abuse Coalition, are work-
 ing to counter the ravages of abuse and neglect to help child
 abusers break this destructive pattern of behavior;
Whereas the average cost for a public welfare agency to serve a
 family through a child abuse program is twenty times greater
 than self-help programs administered by private organizations;
Whereas organizations, such as. Parents Anonjmious and other
 members of the National Child Abuse Coalition are expediting
 efforts to prevent child abuse in the next generation through
 special programs for abused children; and
Whereas it is appropriate to focus the attention of the Nation upon
 the problem of child abuse: Now, therefore, be it

99 STAT. 34 PUBLIC LAW 99-13—APR. 4, 1985 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the month of April 1985 is designated as "National Child Abuse Prevention Month" and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon all Government agencies and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Approved April 4, 1985. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 121 (S.J. Res. 56): CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 131 (1985): Mar. 7, considered and passed House. Mar. 28, considered and passed Senate.