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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 p.m. CDT - October 9, 2009
Mayor Proclaims Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(SEDALIA, MISSOURI) : On Friday, October 9, 2009, Mayor Mary Elaine Horn issued a proclamation designating October, 2009 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Sedalia.
Text of Proclamation
WHEREAS: Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, income levels, and sexes; and
WHEREAS: The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security, and humanity, due to the systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and economical control or abuse; and
WHEREAS: In our country, more than four persons are murdered by their intimate partners everyday, and approximately one million incidents of domestic violence are reported in the United States annually; and
WHEREAS: One in ten teenagers will experience some form of physical abuse in their dating relationships, and children who grow up in violent homes are more likely to learn violent behaviors; and
WHEREAS: Domestic violence costs the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expense, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity; and
WHEREAS: Only a coordinated community effort will put a stop to this heinous crime;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mary Elaine Horn, Mayor of the City of Sedalia, do hereby proclaim the month of October to be "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH" and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled events and programs held to increase awareness, reduce the impact, and demonstrate their desire to stop domestic violence against men, women, and children in our community.