STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, sexual assault affects adults and children in South Carolina not only as victim survivors but also as family members, loved ones, friends, neighbors or coworkers of a victim; and
WHEREAS, sexual assault is one of the most devastating crimes in our society today, with victims often suffering lifelong pain from physical injury and serious emotional trauma; and
WHEREAS, volunteers and service providers in our communities are dedicated to providing care to sexual assault survivors
through 24-hour hotlines, counseling, support groups, advocacy, medical care and education; and
WHEREAS, the 2005 observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month encourages people to get involved and to work together to reduce sexual violence.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Sanford, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2005 as
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to join together to prevent sexual assault and ensure a life free from harm for the residents of the Palmetto State.