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File #: 15-193    Version: 1 Name: Sexual Assault Awareness Proclamation
Type: Proclamations and Awards Status: Award, Proclamation or Other Delivered
File created: 3/3/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/24/2015 Final action: 3/24/2015
Title: PROCLAIM APRIL 2015 AS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH IN THE CITY OF GLENDALE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE "START BY BELIEVING" PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Staff Contact: Debora Black, Police Chief Accepted By: Ms. Kim Hedrick Accepted By: Ms. Tiffany Sarmiento Accepted By: Ms. Tara Stall
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PROCLAIM APRIL 2015 AS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH IN THE CITY OF GLENDALE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE "START BY BELIEVING" PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Staff Contact: Debora Black, Police Chief
Accepted By: Ms. Kim Hedrick
Accepted By: Ms. Tiffany Sarmiento
Accepted By: Ms. Tara Stall
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Purpose and Recommended Action
Recommendation

This is a request for City Council to proclaim April 2015 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the City of Glendale and encourage community participation in the "Start by Believing" public awareness campaign. The proclamation will be presented to sexual violence survivors Kim Hedrick, Tiffany Sarmiento, and Tara Stall.
Background

Sexual violence crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. Statistics show one in six women, and one in 33 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Sadly, national estimates reveal that less than 32 percent of sexual assaults will be reported to law enforcement because of the embarrassment and stigma associated with the assault and the fear of not being believed. In the late 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault selected a week in April to focus attention on sexual assault issues, raising awareness and increasing an emphasis on the prevention of sexual violence. In the late 1990s, many advocates began coordinating activities throughout the month of April on a regular basis, promoting the idea for a recognized month. Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first observed nationally in April 2001.

Each year during the month of April, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, campuses, and individuals participate in events to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights, and social justice issue, and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. The City of Glendale is committed to promoting the awareness of sexual violence, working with the Police Department to bring justice to offenders and...

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