“Start by Believing” Proclamation

Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 women are victims of rape? April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and bring greater awareness on how prevalent this horrific crime is in today’s society, Mayor Sharon Wolcott officially proclaimed the city’s support of the “Start by Believing” campaign. Research shows that victims are far more likely to discuss their sexual assault to a friend or loved one. So this public awareness campaign is designed to improve the responses of family members, friends and others, so they can help victims to access the necessary resources and engage the criminal justice system.

Start by Believing Proclamation
Mayor Wolcott reads the “Start by Believing” Proclamation
Start by Believing Proclamation
Accepting the Proclamation from Mayor Sharon Wolcott is Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier
Chief Michael Frazier poses with Rita Coronado, Victim Advocate in the City Prosecutor's Office and Linda Melendez, Victim Advocate in the Surprise Police Department, with the proclamation issued by Mayor Wolcott regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Chief Michael Frazier poses with Barbara Jones, Volunteer Victim Advocate and Linda Melendez, Victim Advocate in the Surprise Police Department, with the proclamation issued by Mayor Wolcott regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month.