Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121122
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File Number: 121122 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SIGN IN THE WOMEN'S RESTROOM Introduced: 5/31/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 7/3/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Notes: SEE 121621 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO PLACE A SIGN IN THE WOMEN’S RESTROOMS IN ALL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST FACILITIES PROVIDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO WOMEN WHO ARE BATTERED, RAPED, VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, OR OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY ABUSED; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGE ON THE SIGNS: “DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE ANYMORE”; AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO POST THE SIGNS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND HAITIAN CREOLE AND TO UPDATE THE INFORMATION ON THE SIGNS AS UPDATES BECOME NECESSARY
Indexes: SIGNS
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/3/2012 11A15 Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 11A15 Amended; Legislative File No. 121621)

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 6/12/2012 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Valda Christian read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Diaz relinquished the Chair to Vice-Chairwoman Heyman. It was moved by Chairman Diaz that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded to the BCC with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Bell, followed by discussion. Chairman Diaz recognized representatives of the Miami-Dade Commission for Women (Commission for Women) to appear in connection with the foregoing resolution. Ms. Michelle Dunaj Lucking, Chair, Commission for Women, appeared before the Committee and introduced former Chairwomen Rosa Naccarato and Grace O’Donnell, and Program Director Laura Morilla. She thanked Committee members for their support and urged them to pass this important resolution. Ms. Rosa Naccarato, Former Chair, Commission for Women, 2801 NE 183 Street, Aventura, appeared before the Committee and expressed her appreciation for this resolution moving. Ms. Grace O’Donnell, Former Chair, Commission for Women, appeared before the Committee and echoed her colleagues’ expressions of appreciation and support for this concept. Commissioner Bell asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. In response to Commissioner Jordan’s question regarding the language’s constant reference to the Public Health Trust (PHT) / Financial Recovery Board (FRB), Assistant County Attorney Annery Alfonso advised that directives regarding the PHT must be directed to the FRB. Following her request to be listed as a co-sponsor, Commissioner Jordan asked the Clerk to ensure this resolution was distributed to all municipalities within the County. Commissioner Heyman expressed her hopes that the graphics for the signs would have minimal cost and recommended the Commission for Women representatives reach out to the media for exposure. She noted these signs should be placed in every public restroom and asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. Commissioner Souto asked Assistant County Attorney Valda Christian to incorporate the “Don’t Suffer Silence” concept in future legislation addressing sexual abuse and other violent acts. He asked that the designated facilities where, signs would be placed, be extended to include all male/female restrooms in all public facilities throughout the County, and that the Administration collaborate with members of the School Board regarding the possibility of placing signs in Dade County Public Schools. Ms. Naccarato expressed appreciation for all the support for the idea; however, she cautioned that the campaign should remain at a level where individuals in the local communities would place the signs within their businesses. She noted a consequence of a media blitz was that the abusers would also be informed that this information was available to the women. Commissioner Bovo asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 5/31/2012 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 6/12/2012

County Attorney 5/31/2012 Assigned Annery Pulgar Alfonso

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO PLACE A SIGN IN THE WOMEN’S RESTROOMS IN ALL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST FACILITIES PROVIDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO WOMEN WHO ARE BATTERED, RAPED, VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, OR OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY ABUSED; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGE ON THE SIGNS: “DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE ANYMORE”; AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE AND THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY BOARD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST TO POST THE SIGNS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND HAITIAN CREOLE AND TO UPDATE THE INFORMATION ON THE SIGNS AS UPDATES BECOME NECESSARY

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WHEREAS, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner; and
WHEREAS, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year; and
WHEREAS, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury; and
WHEREAS, according to the United States Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the United States were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006; and
WHEREAS, according to the 2003 United States Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, 9 of every 10 rape victims were female; and
WHEREAS, according to a 1998 survey completed by the National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime; and
WHEREAS, according to the same survey, 17.7 million American women have been victims of an attempted or completed rape; and
WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, victims of sexual assault are three (3) times more likely to suffer from depression; six (6) times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; thirteen (13) times more likely to abuse alcohol; twenty-six (26) times more likely to abuse drugs; and four (4) times more likely to contemplate suicide; and
WHEREAS, 54% of rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to the police according to a statistical average of the 2006 through 2010 United States Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Surveys; and
WHEREAS, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are used for forced labor or sexual exploitation; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of State estimates that about between 600,000 to 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across national borders annually; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of State estimates that between 17,500 to 20,000 victims are trafficked into the United States annually; and
WHEREAS, Florida is commonly known amongst law enforcement personnel to have one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Florida is commonly cited, along with New York and California, as being one of the top three destinations for trafficking victims in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Miami International Airport is ranked as one of the top entry points in this country for foreign human trafficking victims; and
WHEREAS, women who are victims of domestic violence, rape, and/or human trafficking are less likely to seek help; and
WHEREAS, placing signs that list the telephone numbers of domestic violence, rape, and human trafficking assistance hotlines in the women’s restrooms in all facilities owned or operated by Miami-Dade County and the Public Health Trust might encourage women who need assistance, but who are too embarrassed or afraid to call for help, to do so from the privacy of the restroom, while away from their aggressor, or at the very least, encourages these women to make a note of the telephone numbers; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Community Advocacy, the agency within Miami-Dade County tasked with advocating for women in this community, has expressed its support for the installation of signs listing the contact information for agencies that provide assistance to women who are battered, raped, victims of human trafficking, or otherwise physically abused, in the women’s restrooms in all County and Public Health Trust facilities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board directs the Mayor or Mayor’s designee to place a permanent sign providing the following information in the women’s restrooms in all facilities owned or operated by Miami-Dade County:
A. Safespace Shelter - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter (305)758- 2546;
B. The Lodge - Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault Shelter (305)693-1170;
C. Switchboard of Miami - Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline (305)358-4357;
D. Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center - Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline (305)585-7273;
E. Miami-Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) (305)285-5900;
F. Kristi House - Sex Trafficking Hotline 1-877-465-3916;
G. Florida Freedom Partnership - Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
Section 2. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee is further directed to include the following language on the signs: “Don’t Suffer in Silence Anymore.”
Section 3. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee is further directed to post the signs in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and to update the information provided on the signs as updates become necessary.
Section 4. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee is further directed to design the signs in accordance with this resolution and to install said signs within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this resolution. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee is further directed to apprise this Board of the completion of the sign installation.
Section 5. This Board directs the Financial Recovery Board for the Public Health Trust to place a permanent sign providing the following information in the women’s restrooms in all facilities owned or operated by the Public Health Trust:
A. Safespace Shelter - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter (305)758- 2546;
B. The Lodge - Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault Shelter (305)693-1170;
C. Switchboard of Miami - Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline (305)358-4357;
D. Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center - Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline (305)585-7273;
E. Miami-Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) (305)285-5900;
F. Kristi House - Sex Trafficking Hotline 1-877-465-3916;
G. Florida Freedom Partnership - Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
Section 6. The Financial Recovery Board for the Public Health Trust is further directed to include the following language on the signs: “Don’t Suffer in Silence Anymore.”
Section 7. The Financial Recovery Board for the Public Health Trust is further directed to post the signs in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and to update the information provided on the signs as updates become necessary.
Section 8. The Financial Recovery Board for the Public Health Trust is further directed to design the signs in accordance with this resolution and to install said signs within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this resolution. The Financial Recovery Board for the Public Health Trust is further directed to apprise this Board of the completion of the sign installation.



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