CSSCR 6(STA): Relating to proclaiming April 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

00 CS FOR SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6(STA) 01 Relating to proclaiming April 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS sexual assault is one of the most devastating crimes in society today; and 04 WHEREAS Alaska has the highest per capita occurrence of sexual assault in the 05 nation; and 06 WHEREAS one in four women in America will experience sexual assault at some 07 time in her life; and 08 WHEREAS the incidence of rape in Alaska has increased over the past year and is 09 2.4 times the national average; only one in eight rapes is reported, making rape the most 10 underreported of all violent crimes; and 11 WHEREAS the division of family and youth services received 1,859 reports of child 12 sexual abuse last year alone; and 13 WHEREAS these statistics do not include the countless numbers of family members, 14 loved ones, coworkers, and neighbors affected by the devastating crime of sexual assault; and 15 WHEREAS child sexual abuse often results in exceptional trauma to the victims and 16 in the loss of their childhood innocence; and

01 WHEREAS many Alaska residents work to provide quality services and assistance to 02 sexual assault survivors; dedicated volunteers and professionals respond to emergency calls 03 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering support, comfort, and advocacy throughout all stages 04 of the recovery process, including medical examinations and criminal proceedings; and 05 WHEREAS it is vitally important that residents of Alaska continue to discuss sexual 06 assault and its effects; and 07 WHEREAS it is our goal to improve Alaska's response to sexual assault and to 08 support and enhance educational efforts to provide information about sexual assault and the 09 services available to victim survivors and their loved ones; and 10 WHEREAS Alaska's Statewide Sexual Violence Prevention Conference, to be held in 11 September 2001, will benefit from the awareness brought about by Sexual Assault Awareness 12 Month; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 14 governor to proclaim April 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and be it 15 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges schools, community 16 organizations, and other public and private agencies and individuals to observe Sexual Assault 17 Awareness Month with suitable activities that increase the public's awareness of the 18 prevalence of sexual assault and how it can be combatted.