HCR 22: Proclaiming April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 22 01 Proclaiming April 2018 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 in 2016; and 04 WHEREAS 1,625 adult victims of sexual assault sought services at rape crisis centers 05 in the state in 2016; 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--had 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; in 2016 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 2018 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.