Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor Ducey Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

PHOENIX —  Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed the month of April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness  about  sexual assault, provide support for survivors, and strive to achieve a state where sexual assault victims have a clear path to justice, and our communities, families, and children are protected.

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WHEREAS, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our communities  and  have  widespread physical and mental health implications; and

WHEREAS, statistics show nearly one in two women and nearly one in four men  have been  victims of  contact sexual violence at some point in their lives; and

WHEREAS, individuals with disabilities are 2.5 times more likely to be violently victimized; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Department of Public Safety indicates that 3,201 rapes were reported to police in 2018; and

WHEREAS, 63 percent of violent crimes are not reported to law enforcement; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs to victims, sexual assault can lead to long-term, devastating health effects, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression, homelessness, eating disorders, and suicide; and

WHEREAS, through prevention education, awareness efforts, a strong continuum of victim services, and holding perpetrators responsible for their actions, we can work together to better address sexual violence and create safer communities for all Arizonans; and

WHEREAS, through collaborative efforts, individuals, agencies, organizations, and communities can work together to prevent sexual assault and support victims and survivors.

NOW, THEREFORE,  I,  Douglas  A. Ducey,  Governor  of the  State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim  April 2020  as

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

and encourage all citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses,  hospitals, schools, and colleges in the state of Arizona to join together and raise awareness  about  sexual assault, provide support for survivors, and strive to achieve a state where sexual assault victims have a clear path to justice, and our communities, families, and children are protected.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be
affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona

GOVERNOR

DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this twenty-sixth day of March in the year 
Two Thousand and Twenty and of the Independence of lhe United Stales of America
the Two Hundred and Forty-Fourth.

ATTEST:

SECRETARY OF STATE

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