Recognizing those who have survived sexual assault and working to ensure that no one else falls victim to it, the Metropolitan King County Council today recognized April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in King County.
“I remain inspired by the countless survivors who speak up and speak out about sexual assault, and hope we can play a small part in turning the tide against a culture of violence towards safety, respect and empowerment,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott. “Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month annually is an important step in that effort, and services and organizations like KCSARC are vital pillars of that work moving forward together in our region.”
“We as a community and as a county must not stop doing everything we can to stop sexual violence in all of its forms,” said King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, District Four and co-sponsor of the proclamation. “For us to be successful, we have to do a better job at raising awareness of this pervasive issue so we can prevent assaults from happening and create a culture where victims feel comfortable coming forward to report what has happened without feeling shame.”
“For a very long time, sexual assault was something we didn’t talk about. Survivors have been kept silent—by the fear of their attacker, by the fear of not being believed, by the fear of being told it was their fault,” said Councilmember Claudia Balducci. “But today, we see so many people speaking up and speaking out. Now more than ever, we have a chance to come together as a community to prevent sexual assault.”