7 CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS On behalf of the City of Charlottetown, I wish to congratulate the Prince Edward Island Police Association on their 31st Annual Crime Prevention Guide. This year’s theme is “Child Abuse Awareness”, a topic that impacts the most vulnerable in our communities. This year’s guide seeks to raise awareness about child abuse. The pandemic has impacted us all, but its effects have been felt more strongly by the most vulnerable members of our society, including children. With increased pressure on the mental health of all Islanders, knowledge is a powerful tool when addressing concerns about the safety and welfare of children. The information made available in this guide will help build upon our knowledge base and provide additional awareness. To quote Nelson Mandela, “We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear”. Awareness is a key component in helping others. The information made available through the publication of this guide, contributes to a broader sense of community safety, health, and well-being. In closing, it is my sincere hope that the information provided in this guide will be used to broaden the discussions, encourage reporting of child abuse and supporting our young people. I wish to thank the members of the PEI Police Association for their efforts in producing this guide and wish them well in their future endeavours. Yours Sincerely, Phillip Brown Mayor City of Charlottetown MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF CHARLOTTETOWN