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Legislation #: 090322 Introduction Date: 4/23/2009
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 5/4/2009
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS GOTTSTEIN, JOHNSON, CIRCO, RILEY, MARCASON, JOLLY, CURLS, FUNKHOUSER, SANDERS BROOK, SKAGGS AND SHARP
Title: Declaring April, 2009, as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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4/22/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/23/2009 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 090322

 

Declaring April, 2009, as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

WHEREAS; sexual assault scars the lives of millions in the United States. To increase awareness about this issue, prevent future crimes, and aid victims, April is dedicated to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and

 

WHEREAS; sexual assault is pervasive in the United States. Multiple studies have shown that this crime impacts people at all age levels and in every part of this Nation; and

 

WHEREAS; in Kansas City a rape is reported in the greater Kansas City area every other day, but studies reveal only 16% of all rapes are ever reported; and

 

WHEREAS; victims of all ages suffer from both the physical and emotional consequences of the attack. Sexual assault can lead to long-term health problems. It can also cause severe emotional harm that may be even more painful than the assault itself and resulting physical injuries; and

 

WHEREAS; Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), which is located in Kansas City, Missouri, exists to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, intervention, treatment and advocacy; and

 

WHEREAS; in 2008, MOCSA reached over 45,000 people in the metro area through advocacy, education and treatment. The organization assisted 426 victims in hospitals across the metro, 145 in hospitals within the city limits. Additionally, 203 children were helped through their Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program; and

 

WHEREAS; MOCSA provides myriad other services that include: professional education; awareness presentations; a crisis hot-line; advocacy services; resource library; support services for adult survivors and other targeted programs towards different ages and populations; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare April 2009, as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution is spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to MOCSA in recognition to MOCSA for their outstanding contributions to the citizens of Kansas City.

 

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