Child Abuse Prevention

Dear Friends,

We must work together to support child abuse prevention activities in our communities and schools. My ACR 34 designates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition, I am introducing legislation to prevent crimes committed against the most vulnerable members of society. To find out more about what we can do as a community to prevent child abuse please read the content below.

Sincerely,


KEN COOLEY
Assemblyman, District 8


California Coalition for Youth

California Coalition for Youth (CCY) represents youth serving organizations across the state and advocates on behalf of disconnected, runaway and homeless youth. CCY also operates the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL), a statewide, toll free, 24-hour, confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages 12-24 and/or any adults supporting youth. If you or someone you know is in crisis, don’t hesitate to call 1-800-843-5200. We can help. CYCL is also an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services. We can help you find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, on-going counseling services and much more throughout California. What is a crisis anyway? Our answer: anytime you are feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed and needing to talk to someone about what’s happening, especially before you run away or cause harm to yourselves or others. Call us first to learn how to handle your current and/or future crises. CYCL is also available for parents who don't know where to turn if they are trying to find help or services for their children. CYCL is supported by funding from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.


Press Releases

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

SACRAMENTO - Today, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention.

Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley Announces Child Abuse Prevention Month and Abuse Prevention Bill Package

(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova), Sheila Boxley – President and CEO, Child Abuse Prevention Center and Anne Marie Schubert – Supervising Deputy District Attorney, Special Assault and Child Abuse Unit, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office gathered at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in North Highlands to kick-off April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and announced a bill package aimed at preventing these crimes against our most vulnerable.

ACR 34 (Cooley) acknowledges April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of California. This resolution calls on the people across the state to work together to support youth-serving child abuse prevention activities in their communities and schools. It is also a tool for child abuse prevention centers and law enforcement to help raise awareness in our communities.

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Related Videos

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

(Sacramento) – On a bipartisan 76-0 vote Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s (D-Rancho Cordova) legislation to prevent child sexual abuse, Assembly Bill 883, has been approved by the State Assembly. AB 883 helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. “Childhood sexual abuse is devastating to the victims and the victims’ family,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “Often, children who are sexually abused have physical and mental health issues long into their adult lives. By putting resources at the local level into community collaboration and prevention, we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of California’s children before they become victims to sexual abuse.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Assemblymember Cooley Announces Child Abuse Prevention Month and Abuse Prevention Bill Package

(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova) has announced a bill package aimed at preventing abuse crimes against our most vulnerable. Assemblymember Cooley was joined by Sheila Boxley, President and CEO, Child Abuse Prevention Center and Anne Marie Schubert, Supervising Deputy District Attorney, Special Assault and Child Abuse Unit, at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in North Highlands to announce the legislative package and kick-off April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Cooley's package includes: ACR 34, which acknowledges April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of California; AB 845, which implements a Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Education Program; and AB 883, which creates an optional pilot program in each county to create a multi-year plan to address child sexual abuse prevention.


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Shelia Boxley, President and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Center, says the public needs to recognize potential abuse and either intervene or notify authorities, depending on the circumstances. (:24)

Anne Marie Schubert, Deputy District Attorney, says Assemblymember Cooley's legislation is exactly the right way to reduce abuse. (:10)

Assemblymember Cooley sums up the impact he's hoping his legislation will have on California. (:10)

Assemblymember Cooley says one of the three measures he's introduced is designed to raise awareness about child abuse. (:18)

Assemblymember Cooley says California needs a statewide system to make sure new parents know about – and how to avoid – Shaken Baby Syndrome. (:21)

Assemblymember Cooley says AB 883 would allow counties to establish pilot programs to address child sexual abuse prevention programs. (:31)