Bill Text: NY K00623 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 21-25, 2019, at Walk With Me Week in the State of New York

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-19 - adopted [K00623 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-K00623-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 623

BY: M. of A. Jaffee

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        October  21-25,  2019,  as  Walk With Me Week in the
        State of New York

  WHEREAS, An initiative created to give a face to victims of domestic
violence, Walk With  Me  Week  will  take  place  October  21-25,  2019,
simultaneously on college campuses across New York; and

  WHEREAS,  For  the  event,  a  silent procession of college students
symbolizing victims of domestic violence will  walk  to  bring  students
face-to-face with the reality of domestic violence; and

  WHEREAS,  Domestic  violence,  also  known  as partner abuse, spouse
abuse, intimate partner violence or battery,  is  a  widespread  problem
that  occurs  when  one  person  inflicts  either emotional, physical or
psychological injury to control another person that they have, or had, a
relationship with; and

  WHEREAS, The single largest cause of injury  to  women  between  the
ages  of  15-44 in the United States, domestic violence occurs among all
ages, genders, races, educational backgrounds and socio-economic groups;
each year, between two and four million  women  are  battered  and  over
300,000 women experience domestic violence while they are pregnant; and

  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  nearly  25 percent of women have been raped
and/or physically assaulted by an intimate  partner  at  some  point  in
their  lives;  it  is estimated that between 40 and 70 percent of female
murder victims are killed by their husbands or boyfriends, frequently in
the context of an ongoing abusive relationship; and

  WHEREAS, Women with a history of domestic violence report  having  a
60  percent higher rate of health problems than women with no history of
abuse; adolescents involved with an  abusive  partner  report  increased
levels  of  depressed mood, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and in
females, suicidal behavior; and

  WHEREAS, Researchers  report  that  children  who  witness  domestic
violence  are  at  a  greater  risk of developing psychiatric disorders,
developmental problems, school failure, violence against others and  low
self-esteem; and

  WHEREAS,  The  proliferation  of  domestic  violence  in communities
across New York State can be  combated  in  part  by  raising  society's
awareness  of  and  sensitivity  to  this  prevalent of and far-reaching
issue; and

  WHEREAS, Walk with Me Week is one way to mobilize future generations
to get involved and create a movement against  domestic  violence  while
simultaneously  letting  people  know that they are not alone and have a
right to be safe; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 21-25, 2019, as
Walk With Me Week in the State of New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of
New York.