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Mayor Ken Hearing proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month during the April 2nd, 2019 City Council meeting and encouraged advocates and communities across King County to take action to prevent sexual violence by standing with survivors.
"Together, we commit to a safer future for all children, young people, adults and families in our community," Mayor Hearing said.
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Board Member and North Bend resident Steve Nicholes accepted the proclamation by the Mayor.
"Sexual assault is a very difficult thing that affects our communities, so I'm grateful that North Bend would stand up and be counted in dealing with this issue, "Nicholes said. "Not only are there 5,000 people affected and not only are half of them children, but the average time it takes to bring a sexual assault charge to trial is 2 years from the time the assault happens before it can be brought to a legal conclusion. There is a lot of work we can be doing in our communities and throughout King County to deal with this issue of sexual assault. I'm here to thank you tonight for being loud in your proclamation to stand full on around this issue. I'm grateful to all of you in the City Council for caring enough to make this issue important to you."
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation