SCR 2: Proclaiming April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2 01 Proclaiming April 2019 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 33 11 out of every 100 Alaska women have experienced sexual assault within their lifetime; and 12 WHEREAS results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey reflect alcohol- or 13 drug-involved sexual violence dropped from 26.8 percent in the 2010 survey to 22.6 percent; 14 and 15 WHEREAS, despite tremendous progress, Alaska still has the highest rates of sexual 16 violence in the nation; and
01 WHEREAS, in 2016, 2,126 children were evaluated by child advocacy centers in the 02 state for possible sexual abuse; and 03 WHEREAS, in 2016, 1,625 adult victims of sexual assault sought services at rape 04 crisis centers in the state; and 05 WHEREAS it is important to recognize the compassion, commitment, and dedication 06 of the individuals who provide services to sexual assault survivors and work to reduce and 07 eliminate sexual violence; and 08 WHEREAS, in 2016, 16 communities--Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, 09 Dillingham, Eielson Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue, 10 Nome, Palmer, Seward, Unalaska, and Valdez--have sexual assault response teams to 11 investigate more effectively crimes of sexual violence; and 12 WHEREAS research indicates the need to develop comprehensive sexual violence 13 prevention programs that target multiple, interacting risk and protective factors in 14 behaviorally relevant ways; and 15 WHEREAS communities across the state are taking up the challenge, implementing 16 evidence-based prevention programs, such as Girls on the Run, Coaching Boys into Men, and 17 Green Dot Alaska; and 18 WHEREAS, because one person, organization, agency, or community cannot, by 19 itself, eliminate sexual violence, the citizens of Alaska need to work together to educate the 20 entire population of the state about what can be done to eliminate sexual assault; and 21 WHEREAS schools across the state are implementing the Fourth R-healthy 22 relationships curriculum in grades seven through nine, which has been shown to reduce 23 adherence to rape myths and to enhance social and emotional learning focusing on self- 24 management and responsible decision-making; and 25 WHEREAS positive healthy male role models are engaging boys through programs 26 such as COMPASS to explore and adopt concepts of masculinity that include respect for 27 women and nonviolent models of manhood; and 28 WHEREAS victims, survivors, and their families deserve support; by uniting in this 29 effort, the citizens of this state can make a difference; in 2016, over 3,100 volunteers devoted 30 48,483 hours of service in the state; 31 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims the month of
01 April 2019 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month and encourages all of the residents of the 02 state to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by taking action to prevent sexual violence.