2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Mayoral Proclamation
WHEREAS, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to bring awareness to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and is a public health concern for individuals, families, community members and communities as a whole.
WHEREAS, Child sexual abuse/exploitation, rape and sexual harassment impact all communities as seen by the national statistics: One in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually violated by the age of 18. One in five children is solicited sexually while on the internet. Seventy per cent of all sexual assaults happen to children 17 years and younger.
WHEREAS, In fiscal 2017, our local Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County has worked with 563 primary and secondary crime victims of sexual violence whom reside in our communities. The program has provided more than 19,100 trauma and victim-focused advocacy services with these crime victims.
WHEREAS, Annually, more than 1,500 community members, ages preschool through college aged and area professionals are provided awareness and prevention education through the program.
WHEREAS, Staff, Board Members and Volunteers of our local anti-sexual assault program; The Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County, encourage every person to speak out when witnessing acts of violence, however small; and to help survivors connect with community allies.
WHEREAS, We must work together to educate and engage communities in sexual violence awareness and prevention and to believe, listen, learn and support its victims and family members.
WHEREAS, a growing number of Minnesota leaders are committed to sexual violence prevention; and
WHEREAS, All Minnesotans must be part of the solution to eliminate crimes of sexual violence.
THEREFORE, I, the mayor of the City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of April in the year 2018 as:
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the city of Mountain Iron located in St. Louis County in the state of Minnesota.