Victims of abuse, crimes and sexual assault focus of April proclamations

SEGUIN, Texas – Three proclamations were signed by Mayor Don Keil Monday morning highlighting crime victims including sexual assault and child abuse.

“We should all support the often difficult and heartbreaking work these organizations do every day in assisting victims and their families,” said Keil.

National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month – April 2016

• Highlights of proclamation: every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted; only 10% of rapes are ever reported; recognize those fighting to prosecute offenders

• Purpose: Decrease the number of sex assault cases by supporting the goals and ideas of victims and those working toward awareness and prevention, and by participating in community efforts

Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month – April 2016

• Highlights of proclamation: 393 victims of child abuse and neglect in 2015; We should promote and support programs that benefit children and their families

• Purpose: Citizens must work together to end child abuse and neglect and improve the way we respond to present and future cases

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 19-16, 2016

• Highlights: Crimes leave a lasting physical, emotional and/or financial impact; Crime Victims Fund provides assistance to 3.5 million Americans annually

• Purpose: Celebrate the energy, creativity and commitment that launched the victims’ rights movement, inspired its progress and advances the cause; Express appreciation to victims who use their experiences to better help future victims

Several local organizations joined Mayor Keil to promote these serious, but very real issues affecting our community including Seguin Police, CASA and Child Protective Services.

“Become a volunteer. We always need folks for CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates. You can also donate money to keep these organizations going. Check out the pinwheel displays around town and you’ll see just how many children really need you support,” said Laura Torres, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator for CASA of Central Texas, Inc.

By signing these proclamations, Mayor Keil hopes everyone learns more about these critical issues affecting our community. ###

Organizations pictured: CASA; Seguin Police Department, Guadalupe Co. Family Violence Shelter; Guadalupe County Child Advocacy Center; and Guadalupe County Child Protective Services

Crime Victims' Rights Week Proclamation

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

Posted by: Morgan Ash