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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Jun 12, 2017 | Council | Proclamations


May 2017 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month

I, Mayor Jeremy D Williams, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in the Town of Orangeville;

Whereas, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every community member; and

Whereas, approximately 1 in 3 women and between 1 in 6 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime; and

Whereas, most victims of sexual assault are under the age of 25; know the person who attacked them and do not report the crime to the police; and

Whereas, victims of sexual assault are some of the most vulnerable and silent people in society and it is now the time to ask questions to learn about the services for victims; and

Whereas, we must work together to educate our community about sexual violence prevention, supporting survivors, and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions; and

Whereas, with leadership, dedication, and encouragement, there is evidence that we can be successful in preventing sexual violence through increased education, awareness, and community involvement; and

Now Therefore, I urge all citizens to recognize the ongoing commitment of individuals and organizations in our community who actively engage in public and private efforts to prevent sexual violence and it’s time for all of us to start conversations, take appropriate action and support one another to create a safer environment for all.

Jeremy D Williams, Mayor