CULLMAN – On March 22, 2013, Cullman Mayor Max A. Townson proclaimed the month of April 2013 “Child Abuse Awareness Month” in the City of Cullman. During the month of April, and throughout the year, the City of Cullman encourages all citizens and organizations to play a role in making Cullman a better place for families by helping to prevent child abuse.
Child abuse is a very real problem in our society. Every ten seconds, a child is abused. Every day in America, four children die from child abuse or neglect. Over 3 million children are reported abused or neglected each year, with over 1,000 dying from their injuries and many others carrying the burden of their maltreatment into adulthood.
Abused children are more likely to suffer from substance abuse, depression, learning disabilities, school failure, emotional and behavioral disorders, criminal activity, and an inability to foster healthy relationships.