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WHEREAS, child abuse involving head trauma, including the head trauma known as shaken baby syndrome, is caused by the violent shaking of an infant or small child; and

WHEREAS, shaken baby syndrome is recognized as the leading cause of death of physically abused children and 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, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 27 percent of homicide deaths caused by abuse and neglect in 2016 included the discovery of abusive head injuries, and these deaths emphasize the importance of public awareness campaigns and other prevention activities related to shaken baby syndrome; 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 efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect and recognizes the importance of keeping children in a safe and stable environment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the week of April 14 – 20, 2019, as

SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AWARENESS WEEK IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 4th day of April, 2019

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