Mayor Rosas proclaims "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in the City of Dunkirk
Mayor Rosas proclaimed the month of April to be as the "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in the City of Dunkirk with an official announcement held at the Dunkirk City Hall on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023, at 1PM.
The Mayor read his proclamation “Whereas children are our most precious commodity, and they deserve to grow and develop in nurturing environments, free from fear, neglect and abuse; and our society has a moral obligation to protect our children so that they feel loved, cared for, secure and free from verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse; and CASA of Chautauqua County recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the needs of children to make their lives better; and throughout the month of April, The Chautauqua County Child Abuse Prevention Planning Committee is sponsoring their Pinwheels for Prevention campaign; and all community members have a role in ensuring children have positive experiences and families have the resources they need when they need them, well before they are in crisis; Now therefore, I, Wilfred Rosas by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Dunkirk, New York, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2023 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in Dunkirk, and urge our citizens to dedicate their energies to cherishing our children and helping keep them free from abuse and neglect so they may fulfill their dreams and mature into successful adults.”
The Mayor and the City of Dunkirk support CASA of Chautauqua and its Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign initiative to bring awareness to child neglect. Leanna Luka-Conley, Deputy Commissioner of Adult, Children & Family Services spoke on the importance of community members protecting children and preventing abuse. In addition, Kayleah Feser who oversees Safe Harbour in Chautauqua County, informed the public of some alarming numbers and statistics regarding child abuse. She also challenged each and every person to do something to support the prevention of child abuse & neglect and the awareness of the issue. After the proclamation presentation, community and city staff participated in sticking pinwheels in the flower beds of Dunkirk City Hall to show support.