Rutherford, Lawson Introduce Child Abuse Prevention Resolution

June 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representatives John Rutherford (FL-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) announce the introduction of H.Res. 463, a resolution to designate the week of June 6 through June 12, 2021, as National Child Abuse Prevention Week.

“When I was Sheriff of Duval County, I worked to support countless victims of child abuse and put their abusers in jail,” said Rep. Rutherford. “Sadly, too many children are still at risk of mistreatment, neglect, and sexual abuse. Combatting this begins with raising awareness of the problem. That’s why I’m proud to join my friend and colleague, Congressman Al Lawson, in designating June 6 – 12, 2021, as National Child Abuse Prevention Week.”

“I am honored to recognize June 6 – 12, 2021 as National Child Abuse Prevention Week alongside Rep. Rutherford,” said Rep. Lawson. “Children thrive when they grow up in a safe and loving environment, yet, too many children across our nation are often victims of abuse. During this pandemic, there has been a rise in reports of domestic violence and child abuse. We must take a proactive approach to protect our most vulnerable and work to ensure they can lead happy and healthy lives.”

The full text of the resolution can be found here. In addition to establishing a National Child Abuse Prevention Week, this resolution recognizes the important work of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children of Jacksonville, Florida, which is dedicated to supporting and protecting children through comprehensive, evidence-based education programs.

In 2019, approximately 7.9 million children were referred to Child Protective Services agencies for mistreatment or abuse allegations. Reports indicate that one in ten children faces sexual abuse before his or her 18th birthday, one in five children received a sexual approach or solicitation over the internet in the past year, and one in seven children in the United States has experienced abuse, neglect, or both in the past year.