Rep. Andy Welch and First Lady Sandra Deal Share in State-Wide Support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
I recently enjoyed seeing Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, share in state-wide support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in our teal attire. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to educate the general public on sexual violence and the prevention of sexual violence.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “Engaging New Voices,” hoping to motivate those who already know that sexual assault is a problem but are unsure how they can help. These “new voices” include coaches, faith leaders, parents, Greek Life, and bystanders. By encouraging these voices to discuss the problem of sexual assault, discovering the prevention of sexual assault will thereby follow. Prevention is only possible by identifying the source of sexual violence and the cultural/social norms that enable sexual violence to exist. By engaging new voices, it will empower bystanders to break social norm and to prevent sexual assault from occurring through interception. We can only change our culture if we use our voices and our knowledge to encourage prevention.
Sexual assault is a social and human rights issue, and the state of Georgia continues to show its support for spreading awareness of sexual assault prevention. You can learn more about this year’s campaign here, and I hope you will join us in April 2018 to raise awareness once more.