Proclamation on National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2019

My Administration is also focused on eradicating sex trafficking, a form of sexual assault that amounts to modern‑day slavery.  Because many victims are trafficked online ‑‑ sometimes by intimate partners, spouses, parents, or other family members ‑‑ I signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.  This law makes it easier to take legal action against individuals who use websites to facilitate sex trafficking and helps victims seek justice against the websites that profit from their exploitation.  It also clarifies that those who benefit from knowingly assisting, supporting, or facilitating an act of sex trafficking are in violation of Federal law.

Thanks to the dedication of professionals, volunteers, and concerned citizens, we are continuing to make strides in the fight against sexual assault.  Young people are learning healthy dating and intimate relationship skills as a way to prevent sexual violence, and law enforcement officers and prosecutors are leading unprecedented efforts to fight sex trafficking.  Victim centered services are also supporting survivors to get the critical help they deserve.  By working together, we can prevent and end the sexual abuse and violence that devastate so many lives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  I urge all Americans, families, law enforcement personnel, healthcare providers, and community and faith‑based organizations to support survivors of sexual assault and work together to prevent these crimes in their communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.



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~the people



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