R 203
2015 -- H 6058
Enacted 04/09/2015

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, Tanzi, Fogarty, Maldonado, and Naughton
Date Introduced: April 09, 2015

     WHEREAS, Each and every day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the
future; and
     WHEREAS, The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to increase public
awareness and call attention to the facts about sexual violence prevention, the need for resources
to support survivors, and to educate communities on how to speak out against harmful attitudes
and actions, in order to help prevent sexual violence; and
     WHEREAS, This year, the focus of SAAM is preventing sexual assault on college
campuses. According to research reported by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center,
across this nation on our college campuses, one in five women and one in sixteen men are
sexually assaulted during their years in college; and
     WHEREAS, Young people experience heightened rates of sexual violence, with one in
six boys and one in four girls experiencing a sexual assault before the age of eighteen, and youth
between the ages of twelve and seventeen being 2.5 times as likely to be victims of rape or sexual
assault; and
     WHEREAS, Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our communities.
Statistics show that one in five women and one in seventy-one men will be raped at some point in
their lives. Sexual abuse prevention must be a priority; and
     WHEREAS, Citizens, government entities, and organizations, joining forces and
becoming actively involved can prevent sexual violence. The first step is increasing education,
awareness, and community involvement in order to create a safer environment for all; now,
therefore be it
      RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of April, 2015, to be "Sexual Assault
Awareness Month" in our state. We furthermore join Day One, a Rhode Island Sexual Assault
and Trauma resource, to urge advocates and communities across the state to take action to prevent
sexual violence; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Peg Langhammer, Executive Director of Day