Jones Co. honors April Sexual Assault Awareness


On April 3, the Jones County Board of Supervisors declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a request from the Riverview Center. Front row from left are Supervisor Lloyd Eaken, Sheriff Greg Graver, Hannah Johnston with Riverview Center, and Supervisor John Zirkelbach. Back row, Supervisors Ned Rohwedder, Joe Oswald, Sheriff Deputy Jason Feldmann, and Supervisor Wayne Manternach. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

     During the April 3 Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board read and approved a proclamation, declaring the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The declaration was made at the request of the Riverview Center.

     Supervisor John Zirkelbach read the following proclamation:

     “Whereas, sexual assault affects women, children and men or all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds; and

     “Whereas, in addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs, sexual assault may also have associated consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression, homelessness, eating disorders, and suicide; and

     “Whereas, sexual assault can be devastating not only to the survivor, but also for the family and friends of the survivor; and

     “Whereas, since no one person, organization, agency or community can eliminate sexual assault on their own, we must work together to educate our entire population about what can be done to prevent sexual assault, support victims/survivors and their significant others and support those agencies providing services to victims/survivors.

     “Now, therefore be it resolved, by the Jones County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all staff and citizens of Jones County, that the month of April 2018 is hereby proclaimed as: Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

     Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver thanked the board for following through with this action. “I appreciate you doing this. We partner with Riverview for the sexual assault team for Jones County. They bring training to the county for law enforcement for the area, and provide support for victims of sexual assault. This brings about more awareness.”

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