SCR 6: Proclaiming April 2015 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6 01 Proclaiming April 2015 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS sexual assault affects women, children, and men of all racial, cultural, 04 and economic backgrounds and abilities, and occurs through acquaintance rape, date rape, 05 stranger rape, sexual assault by a partner, child sexual abuse, incest, sexual harassment, 06 prostitution, and pornography; and 07 WHEREAS the crime of sexual assault violates an individual's sense of self, privacy, 08 dignity, security, and humanity, and leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars that can 09 influence every aspect of an individual's life; and 10 WHEREAS results from the Alaska Victimization Survey show an estimated 37 out 11 of every 100 Alaska women have experienced sexual assault within their lifetime; and 12 WHEREAS over 1,450 children were evaluated by child advocacy centers in the state 13 for possible sexual abuse last year; and 14 WHEREAS approximately 1,400 adult victims of sexual assault sought services at 15 rape crisis centers in the state last year; and 16 WHEREAS it is important to recognize the compassion, commitment, and dedication

01 of the individuals who provide services to sexual assault survivors and work to increase 02 public understanding of sexual assault; and 03 WHEREAS, in 2014, first responders from 19 communities--Anchorage, Barrow, 04 Bethel, Cordova, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Homer, Hoonah, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, 05 Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, Petersburg, Seward, Sitka, and Unalaska--participated in Sexual 06 Assault Response Team training; and 07 WHEREAS speaking out against sexual assault is an important first step toward 08 eliminating this devastating crime; and 09 WHEREAS research indicates the need to develop comprehensive sexual violence 10 prevention programs that target multiple, interacting risk and protective factors in 11 behaviorally relevant ways; and 12 WHEREAS communities across the state are taking up the challenge, implementing 13 evidence-based prevention programming such as Girls on the Run, Coaching Boys into Men, 14 and Green Dot Alaska; and 15 WHEREAS because one person, organization, agency, or community cannot, by 16 itself, eliminate sexual violence, the citizens of Alaska need to work together to educate the 17 entire population of the state about what can be done to eliminate sexual assault; and 18 WHEREAS schools across the state are implementing the Fourth R-healthy 19 relationships curricula in grades 7 through 9, which has been shown to reduce adherence to 20 rape myths that blame the victim and to enhance social and emotional learning, which focuses 21 on self-management and responsible decision-making; and 22 WHEREAS positive healthy male role models are engaging boys through programs 23 such as COMPASS to explore and adopt concepts of masculinity that include respect for 24 women and nonviolent models of manhood; and 25 WHEREAS victims, survivors, and their families deserve support; by uniting in this 26 effort, the citizens of this state can make a difference; last year approximately 3,000 27 volunteers devoted 75,233 hours of service in the state; 28 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims the month of 29 April 2015 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month and encourages all of the citizens of the 30 state to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by speaking out against sexual assault, 31 listening to those who have been harmed, and letting others know that sexual assault will not

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