City of Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza joins the CAP Services Family Crisis Center and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence by proclaiming the month of April, 2021 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
WHEREAS, In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is an opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. SAAM calls attention to the fact that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse are widespread and impact every person in this community; and
WHEREAS, Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment statistics show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).
WHEREAS, Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005).
WHEREAS, On campus, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college (Krebs et al., 2007).
WHEREAS, Nearly one in ten LGBTQ persons has experienced sexual assault and half of transgender people experience sexual violence at some point of their lifetime (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010).; and
WHEREAS, The national theme for this year’s campaign, “We can build safe online spaces” recognizes that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including in online spaces. As we connect online, we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces — whether they be workspaces, classrooms, social media platforms, or otherwise — are respectful and safe.
WHEREAS, Sustainable change can begin when we challenge societal norms and attitudes that promote a culture of abuse and oppression. In order to ensure the next generations foster attitudes that promote respectful relationships, we call on all community members to pledge to reduce the stigma and dismantle victim blaming and rape culture; and
WHEREAS, We shall increase awareness of victim advocacy services available through CAP Services Family Crisis Center’s 24-hour free and confidential crisis line and walk in services offering support, information, and accompaniment during law enforcement reports, medical exams, criminal proceedings, and throughout the healing process to all individuals impacted by sexual violence; and
WHEREAS, CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center, the Portage County Sexual Assault Response Team, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point request public support and assistance as they continue to work toward a society where all can be free from violence;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Mike Wiza, Mayor of the City of Stevens Point, hereby join CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence in proclaiming the month of April 2021 as
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
in the city of Stevens Point, and each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future.