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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, in California there were 10,176 forcible rapes reported in 2002 and 207 forcible rapes reported in Contra Costa County in the same year with an increasing number affecting adolescents; and,

WHEREAS, sexual assault affects every person of Brentwood as a victim/survivor or as a family member, significant other, neighbor or co-worker of a victim/survivor; and,

WHEREAS, many citizens of Brentwood are working to provide quality services and assistance to sexual assault survivors; and dedicated volunteers help staff 24-hour hotlines, respond to emergency calls and offer support, comfort and advocacy during medical exams, criminal proceedings, and throughout the healing process; and,

WHEREAS, staff and volunteers of Community Violence Solutions and its Rape Crisis Center Children’s Interview Center and prevention programs in Brentwood are promoting education by offering training to schools, churches, and civic organizations, as well as medical, mental health, law enforcement, education, and criminal justice personnel regarding sexual assault issues; and

WHEREAS, it is vitally important that continued educational efforts to provide information about prevention and services for sexual assault be supported and enhanced; and

WHEREAS, it is critical to intensify public awareness of sexual assault, to educate people about the need for citizen involvement in efforts to reduce sexual violence, to increase support for agencies providing sexual assault services, and to increase awareness of the healing power of creative expression; and

WHEREAS, it is our responsibility to support survivors of these crimes by treating them with dignity, compassion and respect; and

WHEREAS, Community Violence Solutions request public support and assistance as it continues to work toward a society where all women, children and men can live in peace, free from violence and exploitation; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I Brian Swisher, Mayor of Brentwood do hereby proclaim the month of April as

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

Dated this 27thh day of April 2004.




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Brian Swisher
Mayor
 

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