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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
WhereasNon-stranger and stranger rape and sexual assault affect women, children and men of all racial, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds throughout the Commonwealth, the nation and the world; and
Whereas According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape, and 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in Massachusetts have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lives; and
WhereasStudents who had experiences sexual contact against their will exhibited higher rates of many risk behaviors, such as considering or attempting suicide, sexual intercourse or driving a vehicle while intoxicated, and displayed significantly lower academic achievement than their peers; and
Whereas It is fitting to recognize the compassion and dedication of the many individuals who provide services to survivors, who work to hold perpetrators accountable and who continuously strive to increase the public’s understanding of this significant problem; and
Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, rape crisis centers throughout the state and a growing network of other organizations seek to eliminate the prevalence of sexual violence,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2013, to be,
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth