Monday, June 30, 2008

As of June 30, 2008, the Care2 Petition Site has 12,865 signatures on a petition sponsored by the American Humane Society in support of the SBS Prevention Act legislation.

They set a goal of 15,000 by August 16, 2008. If you haven't signed on yet, please visit the webpage and drop your elected representatives a line...

Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome!
Target: US Congress
Sponsored by: American Humane Association

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a form of child abuse that results from violently shaking an infant or from abusive impact to an infant's head. Between 1,200 and 1,600 of the nation's children suffer from SBS each year.

Congressional findings estimate that between one-quarter and one-third of SBS victims die as a result of their injuries, while one-third suffer permanent and severe disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, seizures and loss of hearing or vision.

To protect the nation's most vulnerable citizens from such tragic and preventable maltreatment, Senator Chris Dodd and Rep. Nita Lowey have introduced the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1204 and H.R. 2052).

The bill enables the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national public health campaign that would inform the general public, new parents, child care providers, health care providers and social workers about the risks and dangers associated with SBS.

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