by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo put pen to paper this morning signing three proclamations to raise awareness throughout the month. The proclamations include Child Abuse Prevention Month and Crime Victims Rights Week re-affirming the Administration's commitment to victims of crime and recognizing those dedicated to assist these individuals.
Governor Calvo said the issue has hit close to home after two of his nephews were recently "viciously beaten". "When you are beaten for no other reason but being in the wrong place at the wrong time there is a lot that goes through you. There's a lot of scars not only physical...what's so important now is that we recognize that these criminal acts we as a community come together and do not tolerate it," he explained.
April has also been declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the theme "It's Time to Get Involved". Throughout the month Guam's Coalition Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and other organizations will continue to address the growing problem and empower survivors to pursue justice.
U.S. Attorney for Guam and the CNMI Alicia Limtiaco said, "Sexual assault awareness month sheds light on sexual assault, which happens far too often here on Guam. The Calvo-Tenorio Administration believes this crime is intolerable. This heinous assault has public safety and public health implications and it affects every person in our community as a victim, a survivor, family member or friend."