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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 29, 2016 04:04 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione and Sen. Rob Teplitz
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution-Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In the near future, Senator Teplitz and I intend to offer a resolution declaring April 2016 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Sexual assault has become a serious social and public health issue in the United States. Everyday across the U.S., women, children and men, regardless of cultural and economic backgrounds, are affected by rape and sexual assault. These experiences can be devastating for the survivor, as well as the survivor’s family and friends.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will be raped during their lives. Further, children between the ages of 12 and 17 are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault. It is imperative that we recognize the strength, courage, and challenges faced by victims and survivors of sexual violence.

Knowledge and awareness are the first steps toward prevention. However, prevention is only possible when everyone is involved. It is important for all Pennsylvanians to learn about and understand this serious issue, so that they may speak out against sexual violence and stand up for the safety and well-being of others throughout the Commonwealth.

Senator Teplitz and I hope that you will join us in co-sponsoring this important resolution.

Introduced as SR320