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There is no test of society more important than its treatment of children, our most precious resource. Our children are our future leaders, and all residents of Mono County have a compelling interest in the health, well-being and development of our future business people, professionals, public servants, workers, neighbors, friends and loved ones.
The statistics of child abuse are staggering. Each day in the U.S., more than 3 children die as a result of child abuse in the home, and most who die are under the age of 6 years old. Nationally, over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year, and locally, y-t-d, Wild Iris has experienced a sharp increase in Child Abuse reports compared to the same time frame for last year. Sadly, many cases of abuse go unreported, despite the importance of children to our families, our community and our future.
During the month of April, Wild Iris will be engaging in a variety of media events designed to bring awareness to the epidemic of child abuse, and to inform and educate the public about how to recognize the signs of abuse and how to report abuse. We trust that all residents of Mono County believe that child abuse is an important social issue, and as such, we are asking that everyone renew their commitment to preventing child abuse by partnering with local government, local agencies, community leaders, schools, and our religious and civic institutions to promote early recognition of child abuse and how to report child abuse.
It is our hope that through these efforts, we, as a community are better able to address the issue of child abuse prevention, and to provide the support and protection that the children of our community deserve.
If you suspect child abuse, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline @ 1-800-4-A-Child, or the local Child Protective Services office @1-760-924-1770 in Mono County or 1-760-872-1727 in Inyo County. You just might save a life.