SCR 20: Proclaiming April 2016 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20 01 Proclaiming April 2016 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 09 influence 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 over 2,056 children were evaluated by child advocacy centers in the state 14 for possible sexual abuse last year; and 15 WHEREAS 1,398 adult victims of sexual assault sought services at rape crisis centers 16 in the state last year; and

01 WHEREAS it is important to recognize the compassion, commitment, and dedication 02 of the individuals who provide services to sexual assault survivors and work to increase 03 public understanding of sexual assault; and 04 WHEREAS, in 2015, first responders from 16 communities--Anchorage, Barrow, 05 Bethel, Cordova, Dillingham, Eielson Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Juneau, 06 Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Palmer, Seward, Unalaska, and Valdez--participated in Sexual 07 Assault Response Team training; and 08 WHEREAS speaking out against sexual assault is an important first step toward 09 eliminating this devastating crime; and 10 WHEREAS research indicates the need to develop comprehensive sexual violence 11 prevention programs that target multiple, interacting risk and protective factors in 12 behaviorally relevant ways; and 13 WHEREAS communities across the state are taking up the challenge, implementing 14 evidence-based prevention programming such as Girls on the Run, Coaching Boys into Men, 15 and Green Dot Alaska; and 16 WHEREAS because one person, organization, agency, or community cannot, by 17 itself, eliminate sexual violence, the citizens of Alaska need to work together to educate the 18 entire population of the state about what can be done to eliminate sexual assault; and 19 WHEREAS schools across the state are implementing the Fourth R-healthy 20 relationships curriculum in grades seven through nine, which has been shown to reduce 21 adherence to rape myths and to enhance social and emotional learning focusing on self- 22 management and responsible decision-making; and 23 WHEREAS positive healthy male role models are engaging boys through programs 24 such as COMPASS to explore and adopt concepts of masculinity that include respect for 25 women and nonviolent models of manhood; and 26 WHEREAS victims, survivors, and their families deserve support; by uniting in this 27 effort, the citizens of this state can make a difference; last year approximately 3,000 28 volunteers devoted 63,368 hours of service in the state; 29 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims the month of 30 April 2016 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month and encourages all of the residents of the 31 state to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by speaking out against sexual assault,

01 listening to those who have been harmed, and letting others know that sexual assault will not 02 be tolerated.