President Matassa proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
President Kenny Matassa and Rachel Hester with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

At the April 19 Ascension Parish Council, President Kenny Matassa proclaimed the month of April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

According to the proclamation, child abuse and neglect are complex and ongoing problems in society, affecting many children in the community.

“Every child is entitled to be loved, cared for, nurtured, feel secure and be free from verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, and neglect,” said Matassa in the proclamation. “It is the responsibility of every adult who comes in contact with a child to protect that child’s right to a safe and nurturing childhood.”

The proclamation went on to point out that Ascension Parish has dedicated individuals and organizations who work daily to counter the problem of child maltreatment and to help parents obtain the assistance they need. Communities are stronger when all citizens become aware of child maltreatment prevention and become involved in supporting parents to raise their children in a safe and nurturing environment. Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among families, social service agencies, religious and civic organizations, schools, law enforcement agencies and the business community.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government