California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 132

Introduced by Assembly Member Atkins

February 2, 2016

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 132—Relative to V-Day.


ACR 132, as introduced, Atkins. V-Day.

This measure would proclaim February 14, 2016, as V-Day to encourage all Californians to become more aware about and prevent violence against women.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The United Nations found that worldwide one out
2of every three women will face physical or sexual violence in her
3lifetime; and

4WHEREAS, In 1994, the United States adopted the Violence
5Against Women Act; and

6WHEREAS, Today, a woman is beaten every nine seconds in
7the United States; one out of every five women in college will be
8raped or experience an attempted rape; the third leading cause for
9homelessness is domestic violence; and

10WHEREAS, The 2011 California Women’s Health Survey found
11that approximately 40 percent of women face violence from an
12intimate partner and that women 18 to 24 years of age are more
13likely to be victims of violence; and

14WHEREAS, Violence against women continues to be a serious
15issue at home and around the world; and

P2    1WHEREAS, On February 14, 1998, Eve Ensler, the writer of
2the acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues, established the first
3V-Day to raise awareness about violence against women and girls;
4and today, V-Day is a worldwide activist movement; and

5WHEREAS, On this day, groups around the world will perform
6The Vagina Monologues and the proceeds will go to local programs
7that support victims of violence and rape; and

8WHEREAS, V-Day has raised more than $100 million, has
9taken place in 200 countries, and has benefited 13,000 community
10antiviolence programs, and its message has reached more than 1
11billion people; now, therefore, be it

12Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
13thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims February 14,
142016, as V-Day to encourage all Californians to become more
15aware about and prevent violence against women; and be it further

16Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
17of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.