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WHEREAS, child abuse involving head trauma, including, without limitation, the head trauma known as shaken baby syndrome, which is caused by the violent shaking of an infant or small child, is recognized as the leading cause of death of physically abused children; and

WHEREAS, shaken baby syndrome is an entirely preventable form of child abuse; and

WHEREAS, many severe and permanent physical and mental consequences may result from shaken baby syndrome, including brain damage, loss of vision, paralysis, seizures and death; and

WHEREAS, shaken baby syndrome may result in more than $1 million in medical costs to care for a single disabled child in the first few years of life; and

WHEREAS, educational programs have been shown to raise awareness and provide critically important information about shaken baby syndrome to parents, caregivers, daycare workers, employees of child protection agencies, law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and legal representatives; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada supports the effort to protect children from abuse and neglect and recognizes the importance of protecting children from abuse and neglect;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  the week of April 17-21, 2017 as

 Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson