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For Immediate Release: April 13, 2018

Legislature Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today approved a resolution proclaiming April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

SCR 17, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), encourages Alaskans to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by acting to prevent sexual violence.

“I am glad legislators in the House and Senate this year came together to support this important resolution,” said Sen. Meyer. “I sponsor it every year to bring attention to the problem of sexual violence in Alaska. Everyone deserves a life free of fear and violence.”

One-third of adult women in Alaska have experienced sexual violence, and roughly half have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, according to a 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey.

“Despite tremendous progress, Alaska still has the highest rates of sexual violence in the nation,” said Sen. Meyer. “This resolution encourages Alaskans to acknowledge and speak out against sexual assault, as we join in unity to dispel the fear, self-blame, depression and anxiety often suffered by those who have endured terrible experiences.”  

SCR 17 recognizes Alaska’s volunteers, staff and agencies working to end sexual assault. In 2016 alone, over 3,100 volunteers devoted 48,483 hours of service in Alaska.

The resolution passed the Legislature by a combined vote of 53 to 1.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.


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