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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  17

House resolution relating to designating April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Offered by:  Representatives Lippert of Hinesburg, Allard of St. Albans Town, Clarkson of Woodstock, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Jewett of Ripton, Komline of Dorset, Marek of Newfane and Pellett of Chester

Whereas, sexual violence continues to be a major social crisis and epidemic in our communities, state, and society, and

Whereas, sexual violence affects every adult and child in Vermont as a victim-survivor, family member, significant other, friend, neighbor, or co‑worker of a victim-survivor, and

Whereas, volunteers and service providers in our communities are working to provide a continuum of care to sexual violence survivors through 24-hour hotlines, counseling, support groups, advocacy, medical care, and education, and

Whereas, the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and its 16-member programs seek to provide comprehensive support services for victims-survivors of sexual violence and prevent future victimization through public awareness and prevention work with Vermont youth, and

Whereas, the house of representatives has in recent years taken important steps toward improving the state’s response to sexual violence through expanded efforts to investigate and prosecute crimes of sexual violence, support victims-survivors, and prevent future crimes of sexual violence, and

Whereas, this legislative body recognizes the vital importance of increasing the general public’s awareness of sexual violence and supporting the agencies that provide services to people victimized by perpetrators of sexual violence, and

Whereas, we hold forth a vision of a state free from sexual violence in its many forms, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body designates April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in Montpelier.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont