Trump proclaims April 'Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month'
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President Trump on Friday proclaimed April 2017 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

"My Administration, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, will do everything in its power to protect women, children, and men from sexual violence," Trump said in his proclamation on the final day of March.


"As a Nation, we must develop meaningful strategies to eliminate these crimes, including increasing awareness of the problem in our communities, creating systems that protect vulnerable groups, and sharing successful prevention strategies."

Citing the Justice Department, he said there are "more than 300,000 instances of rape or other sexual assault that afflict our neighbors and loved ones every year."

Trump also said he asked Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorneys want Supreme Court to determine legality of Whitaker as acting AG Hillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general MORE to create a task force on crime reduction and public safety, which will develop new procedures and strategies to reduce crime and propose new legislation.

Multiple women came forward last year to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct after the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" video in which Trump was heard making lewd comments about women.

In the video, Trump talked about how he could grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status.

Trump is also involved in multiple sexual assault-related lawsuits.

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month takes place every April. It's tradition for the president to proclaim it so each year with a statement of support for the month's aims.