SCR 2: Proclaiming April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

00                    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2                                                                   
01 Proclaiming April 2017 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 occurs through acquaintance rape, stranger rape, sexual                                    
05 assault by a partner, child sexual abuse, incest, sexual harassment, prostitution, and                                  
06 pornography; and                                                                                                        
07       WHEREAS the crime of sexual assault violates an individual's privacy, dignity,                                  
08 security, and humanity and leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars that can influence                          
09 every aspect of an individual's life; and                                                                               
10       WHEREAS results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey show an estimated                                     
11 33.1 out of every 100 Alaska women have experienced sexual assault within their lifetime;                               
12 and                                                                                                                     
13       WHEREAS results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey reflect alcohol- or                                   
14 drug-involved sexual violence dropped from 26.8 percent in the 2010 survey to 22.6 percent;                             
15 and                                                                                                                     
16       WHEREAS, despite tremendous progress, Alaska still has the highest rates of sexual                              
01 violence in the nation; and                                                                                             
02       WHEREAS 2,126 children were evaluated by child advocacy centers in the state for                                
03 possible sexual abuse last year; and                                                                                    
04       WHEREAS 1,625 adult victims of sexual assault sought services at rape crisis centers                            
05 in the state last year; and                                                                                             
06       WHEREAS it is important to recognize the compassion, commitment, and dedication                                 
07 of the individuals who provide services to sexual assault survivors and work to reduce and                              
08 eliminate sexual violence; and                                                                                          
09       WHEREAS, in 2016, 16 communities--Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova,                                           
10 Dillingham, Eielson Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue,                               
11 Nome, Palmer, Seward, Unalaska, and Valdez--have sexual assault response teams to                                       
12 investigate more effectively crimes of sexual violence; and                                                             
13 WHEREAS research indicates the need to develop comprehensive sexual violence                                          
14 prevention programs that target multiple, interacting risk and protective factors in                                    
15 behaviorally relevant ways; and                                                                                         
16 WHEREAS communities across the state are taking up the challenge, implementing                                        
17 evidence-based prevention programs, such as Girls on the Run, Coaching Boys into Men, and                               
18 Green Dot Alaska; and                                                                                                   
19 WHEREAS, because one person, organization, agency, or community cannot, by                                            
20 itself, eliminate sexual violence, the citizens of Alaska need to work together to educate the                          
21 entire population of the state about what can be done to eliminate sexual assault; and                                  
22 WHEREAS schools across the state are implementing the Fourth R-healthy                                                
23 relationships curriculum in grades seven through nine, which has been shown to reduce                                   
24 adherence to rape myths and to enhance social and emotional learning focusing on self-                                  
25 management and responsible decision-making; and                                                                         
26 WHEREAS positive healthy male role models are engaging boys through programs                                          
27 such as COMPASS to explore and adopt concepts of masculinity that include respect for                                   
28 women and nonviolent models of manhood; and                                                                             
29 WHEREAS victims, survivors, and their families deserve support; by uniting in this                                    
30 effort, the citizens of this state can make a difference; last year over 3,100 volunteers devoted                       
31 48,483 hours of service in the state;                                                                                   
01       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims the month of                                         
02 April 2017 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month and encourages all of the residents of the                              
03 state to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by taking action to prevent sexual violence.