Mayor proclaims April as ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Concordia Mayor Michael Brown signs a document proclaiming April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the city while Alderman Dwight Emde (left) looks on. The proclamation was signed during the April 15 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen.
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During Concordia Board of Aldermen meeting April 15, Mayor Michael Brown read and signed a document proclaiming April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Concordia. The proclamations reads:
“Whereas, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in the city of Concordia; and …
“Whereas, every day, women, men and children across Missouri suffer the pain and trauma of sexual assault upon survivors and our community; and …
“Whereas, the crime occurs far too frequently, goes unreported far too often, and leaves long lasting physical and emotional scars; and …
“Whereas, during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves to lifting the veil of secrecy and shame surrounding sexual violence, expanding support for victims, and strengthening our response; and …
“Whereas sexual violence affects individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstance; and …
“Whereas, as a community, we share the responsibility for protecting each other from sexual assault, supporting victims when it does occur, and bringing perpetrators to justice; and …
“Whereas, at every 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 the criminal justice process;
“Whereas, City of Concordia community can come together to increase awareness about sexual violence, decrease its frequency, hold offenders accountable, support victims, and heal lives;
We, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, proclaim that now is the time to take action as leaders in our community to create safe environments for all Concordia citizens, including our youth and our educational institutions. We must work together to educate members of our community about sexual violence prevention, support survivors, and speak out against harmful attitudes and actions. We join advocates and communities across the country in playing an active role to prevent sexual violence. We publicly proclaim April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and recognize that each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future.”

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