April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Cali O’Hare photo A teal and purple ribbon aiming to raise awareness about sexual assault hangs around a post outside of the Cowboy Shop in Pinedale.

SUBLETTE COUNTY — The Board of Sublette County Commissioners proclaimed April 2023 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with chairman Sam White affixing his signature to the resolution presented on April 4 by Dezi Saathoff, violence prevention coordinator with the Sublette County Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force.

The resolution is meant to call attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and will not be tolerated in Sublette County, where “child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18.”

Statistics presented at the meeting show that “one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives.” Young people experience heightened rates of sexual violence and youth ages 12 to 17 are two and a half times as likely to become the victim of rape or sexual assault.

The resolution states, “By building safe online spaces, practicing consent, intervening when we see harmful content and behaviors and promoting communities that value resection, inclusion and safety, we can stop sexual assault from occurring.”

In proclaiming April 2023 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Sublette County, the commissioners called upon all citizens to speak out against sexual assault and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.

More resources are available online at sublettesafv.org.