Big Bear, Ca, April 12, 2011, 3:00pm – The City of Big Bear Lake, along with the State of California, and the federal government, are recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of this month is to promote community involvement in preventing child abuse, by spreading the message that all children have the right to receive care, protection and guidance a family provides. They have the right to be free from harm and to have their physical, emotional and educational needs met. In 2010 more than 37,000 children in the County of San Bernardino were referred to the Children and Family Services for suspected child abuse and neglect. Mayor Jahn and the rest of the Big Bear City Council are encouraging citizens to help end child abuse.