Obama urges Americans to reach out to victims


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Yesterday marked the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. President Obama signed a proclamation, which stated that the month of April is a time to “recommit ourselves not only to lifting the veil of secrecy and shame surrounding sexual violence, but also to raising awareness, expanding support for victims, and strengthening our response.”

One prescription for change provided in the proclamation is to confront the social norms that perpetuate such behaviors. The proclamation read:

As we continue to confront this crime, let us reaffirm this month our dedication to take action in our communities and stop abuse before it starts. Together, we can increase awareness about sexual violence, decrease its frequency, punish offenders, help victims, and heal lives.

To read the full proclamation, visit the Office of the Press Secretary.


California Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides the unifying vision and voice to Californians speaking out against sexual violence. Founded in 1980, it’s the only statewide organization in California with the sole purpose to promote policy, advocacy, training and technical assistance on the issue of sexual assault. CALCASA’s primary membership is the 85 rape crisis centers and rape prevention programs in the state.

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