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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  ACR 32
          Author:   Harkey (R)
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21

           
           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  Read and adopted, 5/2/11


           SUBJECT  :    Child sexual abuse 

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This resolution declares April 29, 2011, as the 
          day of the annual Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids (TAALK) 
          -a-Thon sponsored by TAALK, and encourages all adults in 
          California to be knowledgeable and outspoken about the 
          prevention of child sexual abuse.

           ANALYSIS  :    

          Resolution findings:

          1. Child sexual abuse affects over 20 percent of minors.  
             One in three girls and one in six boys will be victims 
             of sexual abuse before they are 18 years of age.

          2. We know that child sexual abuse is both predictable and 
             preventable for more than 90 percent of victims who are 
             abused by a family member or another person the victim 
             knows and trusts.

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          3. Children are the most valuable and vulnerable members of 
             society, and child sexual abuse is an epidemic that 
             threatens their health, safety, and well-being.

          4. 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.

          5. To ensure the safety of children, knowledgeable and 
             outspoken adults are needed, and education and awareness 
             programs provide communities with the knowledge and 
             tools necessary to help prevent future abuse.

          6. TAALK is California's leading nonprofit organization 
             dedicated to education, awareness, and support for 
             victims and families, which are, in part, realized 
             through a global TAALK-a-Thon that takes place annually, 
             in conjunction with Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, in 
             April.

          7. The TAALK-a-Thon provides opportunities for education, 
             forums for awareness, and opportunities for individuals 
             to share their stories and voice their concerns, and to 
             begin statewide, nationwide, and worldwide discussions 
             about the tragedy, resolution, and healing of child 
             sexual abuse.

          8. Bringing people together to talk about child sexual 
             abuse and prevention not only provides widespread 
             education, but empowers survivors to break the silence 
             and begin to heal; now, therefore, be it

          9. That the Legislature declares April 29, 2011, as the day 
             of the annual TAALK-a-Thon sponsored by TAALK.

          10.That the Legislature encourages all adults in California 
             to be knowledgeable and outspoken about the prevention 
             of child sexual abuse.

          FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No


          RJG:do  7/13/11   Senate Floor Analyses 







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