Today, CALCASA’s Executive Director Sandra Henriquez joined state and federal leadership to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the California National Guard. In the audience were soldiers, airmen, civilians and leaders who are dedicated to ending sexual violence in our communities.
CALCASA invited Director Susan B. Carbon, Office on Violence Against Women with the U.S. Department of Justice. She was presented an award from Major General Mary Kight, The Adjutant General, for her commitment to this issue. Both Director Carbon and General Kight spoke about their dedication to changing cultural norms, to stop rape from occurring in the first place.
Director Carbon’s office also issued a message today about “the moral imperative to develop a national dialogue and national focus on ending sexual violence against all women.” The message said:
This April, as we celebrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the national community, we have the opportunity to learn more about the crime and the devastating impact it has on victims and entire communities, and to commit ourselves to bring justice to the victims and their families and to hold perpetrators accountable.
To read the full message, visit the U.S. Department of Justice’s website.
Below is a clip of Henriquez speaking at the SAAM event.