April 2018: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every community; and,

WHEREAS, sexual assault is broadly defined as any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent through the use of force, threat of force, intimidation, or coercion; and, 

WHEREAS, rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment impact our community as seen by statistics indicating that one in five women and one in 50 men will be raped at some point in their lives; and,

WHEREAS, according to one national poll, one in five women and one in 20 men reported being sexually assaulted while in college; and,

WHEREAS, child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in seven girls and one in 25 boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18 years old; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan State Police statistics indicate that 11,188 sexual assault related offenses were reported to law enforcement in 2016; and,

WHEREAS, sexual violence can deeply and enduringly impact survivors on psychological, emotional, physical and social levels; and,

WHEREAS, access to informed and supportive services can greatly increase survivors’ ability to heal from sexual assault; and,

WHEREAS, our state and individual communities must be committed to holding sexual assault perpetrators accountable for their heinous crimes; and,

WHEREAS, we must work together to educate our communities about sexual violence prevention, supporting survivors, and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Michigan.