FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2022
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office
(626) 744-4755, email@example.com
PASADENA, Calif.—Mayor Victor M. Gordo will officially mark April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pasadena during the April 25 City Council meeting. National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month calls attention to misconceptions and misinformation about sexual assault. With proper education, we can succeed in reducing this physically- and psychologically-damaging crime, and help survivors heal.
Sexual assault affects people of every age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and socioeconomic background. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey that, in the United States, one in five women and one in 71 men have been victims of a completed or attempted rape at some point in their lifetime.
The City of Pasadena recognizes that sexual assault remains a serious issue in our society. In order to change the attitudes that allow sexual violence to persist, we must all speak out and commit to creating a society that does not tolerate sexual assault.
The City encourages everyone to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 27, as part of Denim Day—an international effort to support survivors and let the world know “there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.”
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