|RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
By the Committee on Judiciary,
S.R. 15. Senate resolution relating to designating April as sexual violence awareness month.
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 Senate 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 Senate:
That the Senate of the State of Vermont designates April as sexual violence awareness month, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Montpelier.