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          Date of Hearing:   April 14, 2011

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES
                                Nancy Skinner, Chair
                   ACR 32 (Harkey) - As Introduced:  March 7, 2011
          SUBJECT  :   Child sexual abuse awareness.

           SUMMARY  :   Declares April 29, 2011, as the day of the annual 
          TAALK-a-Thon sponsored by Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids 
          (TAALK); and encourages all adults in California to be 
          knowledgeable and outspoken about the prevention of child sexual 
          abuse.  Specifically,  this resolution  makes the following 
          legislative findings:

          1)Children are the most valuable and vulnerable members of 
            society; and child sexual abuse is an epidemic that threatens 
            children's health, safety, and well-being.

          2)One in three girls and one in six boys will be victims of 
            sexual abuse before they are 18 years of age; and more than 90 
            percent of victims are abused by family members or another 
            person the victim knows and trusts.

          3)Survivors of child sexual abuse often suffer long-term 
            physical, emotional, and social effects, including substance 
            abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, increased 
            disease, and even early death.

          4)TAALK is California's leading nonprofit organization dedicated 
            to education, awareness, and support of victims and families; 
            and a TAALK-a-thon takes place annually, in conjunction with 
            Sexual Abuse Awareness Month in April, bringing people 
            together to talk about child sexual abuse and prevention and 
            empowering survivors to break the silence and begin to heal.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   None.


          None on file.



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          None on file.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Anna McCabe / RLS. / (916) 319-2800