APRIL 5, 2022
Jefferson City — Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome lighted teal beginning at sunset on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, until sunrise on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“We light the Capitol teal to call attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in solidarity with all who have been victims of sexual assault and those who bravely fight against this horrendous crime,” Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson said. “By being responsive to victims in our criminal justice system and throughout society, we not only show them our support, we help prevent criminals from assaulting again and hurting additional victims.”
An American is sexually assaulted about every 68 seconds, and approximately one in every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to the U.S. Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics.
In 2020, Governor Parson signed Senate Bill 569, which included the Justice for Survivors Act and the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and established the Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force. In December 2021, the task force unanimously agreed to its final report with nine recommendations, including further protecting survivor privacy in public or court records and increasing funding to crime laboratories to expedite processing of sexual assault kits.
If you or someone you know is in need of care or support, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE). For more information on available resources, please visit the Missouri Department of Public Safety's resources for crime victims webpage.
Pictures of the dome lighting will be available on Governor Parson's Flickr page.