City proclaims April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

During the March 19 Monticello City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Wolken declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Advocating for the proclamation was the Riverview Center. Seen front from left are Council members Chris Lux and Butch Pratt, Riverview staff members Kristen Field and Brandi Lewin, and Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Eckhardt. Back row, Police Chief Britt Smith, Council member Rob Paulson, Mayor Wolken, and Council members Johnny Russ, Tom Yeoman and Dave Goedken. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

     Mayor Brian Wolken declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

     During the March 19 Monticello City Council meeting, Wolken read the following proclamation:

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

     “Whereas, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment impact our community as seen by statistics indicating that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will be raped at some point in their lives; and

     “Whereas, child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will experience a sexual assault before the age 18; and

     “Whereas, young people experience heightened rate of sexual violence, and youth ages 12-17 were two and a half times as likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault; and

     “Whereas, on campus, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college; 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 in Monticello through increased education, awareness, and community involvement; and

     “Whereas, the City of Monticello strongly supports the efforts of national, state, and local partners, and of every citizen, to actively engage in public and private efforts to prevent sexual violence. It’s time for all of us to start conversations, take appropriate action and support one another to create a safer environment for all.

     “Now therefore be it resolved, that we, the City Council members of Monticello, join advocates and communities across the country in playing an active role to prevent sexual violence. Along with the United States government and State of Iowa, we do hereby proclaim April as ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month!’”



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