Senate Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday proclaiming the month of April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Alaska.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), encourages Alaskans to acknowledge and speak out against sexual assault.
“This is a resolution I bring forward every year in order to bring attention to the problem of sexual violence in Alaska,” said Sen. Meyer. “Sexual violence is preventable; it’s a social, public health, criminal justice and human rights issue.”
One-third of adult women in Alaska have experienced sexual violence, and roughly half have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, according to a 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey.
“Sexual assault statistics in Alaska and nationwide are still staggering,” said Sen. Meyer. “This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Alaska is focused on engaging new voices to broaden the scope of prevention efforts. We hope that this resolution will help strengthen the effort across our great state.”