Whereas, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence remains an intolerable violent crime which impacts mission readiness for our Louisiana National Guard (LANG) community; and
Whereas, sexual assault is an affront to the core values we support and defend as proud members and civil servants of the LANG; and
Whereas, we must work together to educate our military and civilian communities about what can be done to prevent sexual assault and support survivors and victims’ to ensure they are provided the help needed to survive sexual violence; and
Whereas, dedicated leadership and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response staff encourage every person to speak out when witnessing acts of sexual violence; and
Whereas, with leadership, dedication, and encouragement, there is compelling evidence that we can be successful in reducing sexual violence within the LANG through prevention education, increased awareness, and holding offenders who commit acts of violence responsible for their actions; and
Whereas, the LANG strongly supports the dedicated efforts of national, state, and local partners to include citizens actively engaged in the prevention, awareness, and response efforts surrounding sexual violence whose goals are to eradicate sexual violence.
NOW, THEREFORE, We, the leaders of the Louisiana National Guard, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2022 as
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH
We ask that all Louisiana National Guard personnel and their families join us in our efforts to prevent sexual assault, thereby strengthening our military and civilian communities.