Alamosa commissioners address violence in Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation

Courtesy photo Left to right are Tu Casa employees, Janine Jiron, Theresa Ortega, David Herrera, Megan Lang, Shelly Martinez, Juana Francisco, Tiffany Martinez, Mari Avila. Also shown are county commissioners Arlan VanRy, Lori Laske and Vern Heersink.

ALAMOSA — On April 10, the Alamosa County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of the trauma caused by sexual assault. On hand to receive the proclamation were Tu Casa employees, an organization that provides social services, including assistance to victims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

The proclamation read in part, "Throughout Alamosa County, Colorado, in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) we call attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in every community. SAAM aims to raise public awareness about sexual abuse, harassment, and assault and educate communities about how to be involved in prevention.  
"This year’s SAAM campaign theme, Building Connected Communities, calls on each of us to work together to prevent sexual abuse, harassment, and assault. We believe when anyone experiences sexual violence, every community member is affected. We must strive to build more connected, respectful, and inclusive communities to promote our collective well-being and protect against the risk of sexual violence. We believe all of our communities will be safer and stronger by making them more equitable for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, races and ethnic backgrounds, ages, faiths, and abilities."