Recognizing April 2014 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

28 03 2014
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Honored guests and members of our armed forces from all branches of the military were on hand for the ceremony.

Honored guests and members of our armed forces from all branches of the military were on hand for the ceremony.

Council Chair Ernest Martin was the emcee for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation and Certificate Ceremony.

Council Chair Ernest Martin was the emcee for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation and Certificate Ceremony.

Council Chair Ernest Martin, Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, and Councilmember Breene Harimoto honored groups that provide services to victims of sexual assault, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell through a proclamation declared April 2014 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Thursday, March 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mission Memorial Auditorium. The memorandum specifies certain efforts that both legislative bodies will undertake to increase activities with each other.

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), recognizing the importance of increasing the general awareness and support for agencies providing services to sexual assault victims. Sexual assault is a growing epidemic in our community. According to the American Medical Association, a “woman is raped every 46 seconds in the United States” and that sexual assault is a “silent epidemic.”

Organizations like the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) have spearheaded efforts to enlighten the community by partnering with state, territory, and tribal coalitions in bringing awareness to the growing problem. By promoting a degree of national unity in voice, coordinating action regarding SAAM activities, encouraging interaction and feedback from across the nation, and building momentum based on previous years’ activities, NSVRC has brought a greater focus on prevention.

Locally, the Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault leads the way in supporting sexual assault programs and agencies which provide sexual assault intervention, treatment and/or prevention services. The Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault acknowledges the critical role of organizations like the Honolulu Sex Abuse Treatment Center and the military sexual assault programs in providing essential services to sexual assault victims. These programs serve Hawaii’s diverse communities and confront this silent epidemic year round.

The Honolulu City Council recognizes and commends the following programs for their dedication and commitment to providing services and support to survivors and working to prevent sexual violence:

• The Sex Abuse Treatment Center
• U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Program
• U.S. Navy Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
• U.S. Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
• U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
• Hawaii Army National Guard Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Program
• U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
• Hawaii Air National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program

The Honolulu City Council urges everyone in our community to become involved in the fight to end sexual violence and to unite with us in working toward a future where all women, men and children can live free from sexual violence and exploitation.


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