††††††††††† Rep. Pohutsky offered the following resolution:
††††††††††† House Resolution No. 64.
††††††††††† A resolution to declare April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.
††††††††††† Whereas, Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts women, children, and men of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; and
††††††††††† Whereas, The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim; and
††††††††††† Whereas, According to the National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Preventionís Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and approximately 3 percent of American men or 1 in 33, have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality. From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse and a majority of child victims are ages 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18, 34 percent of victims of sexual assault and rape are under the age of 12 and 66 percent of victims of sexual assault and rape are ages 12-17; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Michigan State Police statistics indicate that 11,873 sexual assault related offences were reported to law enforcement in 2013; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Sexual violence can deeply and enduringly impact survivors on psychological, emotional, and social levels. Ninety-four percent of women who are raped experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms during the two weeks following the rape and approximately 70 percent of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime studied in the National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Access to informed and supportive services can greatly increase survivorsí ability to heal from sexual assault; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Sexual violence is an intolerable violent crime with public health implications for every person in Michigan. Our state and individual communities must be committed to hold sexual assault perpetrators accountable for their heinous crimes; and
††††††††††† Whereas, When we actively increase education, awareness, and community involvement, we can help prevent sexual violence and create a safer environment for everyone. We must work together to educate our entire population about what can be done to prevent sexual assault, support survivors, and ensure that survivors are not re-victimized; now, therefore, be it
††††††††††† Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. We strongly support the efforts of national, state, and local partners, and of every citizen, to actively engage in public and private efforts to prevent sexual violence and will take appropriate action and support one another to create a safer environment for all.