Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, sexual assault is an intolerable violent crime and serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men each year; and

WHEREAS, sexual assault impacts our families, homes, communities, schools, and workplaces on a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, sexual violence can lead to long-term physical and psychological health problems including: chronic pain, headaches, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sexually transmitted diseases; and

WHEREAS, working to prevent sexual assault in our communities is the best gift we can give to survivors; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be a leader in the fight against assault on and off our college campuses, having passed legislation requiring updated training, more school-police partnerships, and increased access for survivors; and

WHEREAS, Virginia continues to collaborate with local, state, and federal stakeholders including advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies, medical professionals, educators, and shelters to support the experts who work with survivors daily to identify, decrease, and prevent sexual violence; and

WHEREAS, Virginia remains dedicated to providing services and alternative avenues for survivors to seek proper care and treatment; and

WHEREAS, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity to stand with sexual assault survivors, to celebrate our progress in combating these crimes, and to recommit to reducing sexual violence in the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize, April 2016, as SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.