APRIL IS NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH, 2010

NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH, 2010

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Every day, women, men, and children across America suffer

the pain and trauma of sexual assault. From verbal harassment

and intimidation to molestation and rape, this crime occurs

far too frequently, goes unreported far too often, and leaves

long-lasting physical and emotional scars. During National

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves not only

to lifting the veil of secrecy and shame surrounding sexual

violence, but also to raising awareness, expanding support for

victims, and strengthening our response.

Sexual violence is an affront to our national conscience,

one which we cannot ignore. It disproportionately affects

women — an estimated one in six American women will experience

an attempted or completed rape at some point in her life. Too

many men and boys are also affected.

These facts are deeply troubling, and yet, sexual violence

affects Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances.

Alarming rates of sexual violence occur among young women

attending college, and frequently, alcohol or drugs are used

to incapacitate the victim. Among people with disabilities,

isolation may lead to repeated assaults and an inability to

seek and locate help. Native American women are more than

twice as likely to be sexually assaulted compared with the

general population. As a Nation, we share the responsibility

for protecting each other from sexual assault, supporting

victims when it does occur, and bringing perpetrators to

justice.

We can lead this charge by confronting and changing

insensitive attitudes wherever they persist. Survivors too

often suffer in silence because they fear further injury, are

unwilling to experience further humiliation, or lack faith

in the criminal justice system. This feeling of isolation,

often compounded with suicidal feelings, depression, and

post-traumatic stress disorder, only exacerbate victims’

sense of hopelessness. No one should face this trauma alone,

and as families, friends, and mentors, we can empower victims

to seek the assistance they need.

At the Federal, State, local, and tribal level, we must

work to provide necessary resources to victims of every

circumstance, including medical attention, mental health

services, relocation and housing assistance, and advocacy during

legal proceedings. Under Vice President Biden’s leadership, the

2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act included

the Sexual Assault Services Program, the first-ever funding

stream dedicated solely to providing direct services to victims

of sexual assault. To further combat sexual violence, my 2011

Budget doubles funding for this program. Through the Justice

Department and the Centers for Disease Control, we are funding

prevention and awareness campaigns as well as grants for campus

services to address sexual assault on college campuses. The

Justice Department has also increased funding and resources to

combat violence against Native American women.

As we continue to confront this crime, let us reaffirm this

month our dedication to take action in our communities and stop

abuse before it starts. Together, we can increase awareness

about sexual violence, decrease its frequency, punish offenders,

help victims, and heal lives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in

me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do

hereby proclaim April 2010 as National Sexual Assault Awareness

Month. I urge all Americans to reach out to victims, learn more

about this crime, and speak out against it.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,

and of the Independence of the United States of America the

two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

Lover, Fighter, Friend, Journalist, and Activist.

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