Superior Partners with CASDA, Mayor Paine To Promote Awareness of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse

Supporting all students in our community is our number one priority in the School District of Superior. We focus on the whole student, social-emotional learning, and being a pillar for them during a potential crisis. That is why on April 3rd, Superior Schools partnered with the Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse Inc. (CASDA), Douglas County, and the City of Superior in a special proclamation. 


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Mayor Jim Paine and the City of Superior made the proclamation for the seventh straight year. The goal of sexual assault awareness and child abuse prevention is to raise public awareness and education about violence prevention to strengthen our families and community. 


Read the full proclamation from Mayor Jim Paine on April 3rd, 2024


Superior Superintendent Dr. Amy Starzecki was one of three speakers at the event who spoke on the importance of protecting our children and community members. 





Official proclamation was held at the Douglas County Government Center on April 3rd, 2024


“Of the reports of abuse or assault made to authorities, school personnel are often the first person the child tells,” said Starzecki. “Educators create critical relationships with students and play an important role for many children in prevention and support.”

Over half of women and almost one in three men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. At least one in seven children has experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year in the United States.


“Child abuse is one of the most significant risks facing children today,” Starzecki continued. “Children who have experienced assault or abuse are at increased risk for a number of problematic developmental, health, and mental health outcomes, including learning problems, problems relating to peers, internalizing symptoms like depression and anxiety, and externalizing symptoms like oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or aggression. We see these challenges every single day in our schools. Ultimately, the consequences are long-term impacts on graduation and success after high school.”


Superior and Douglas County Community members look on during special proclamation

The School District, the City of Superior, Douglas County, is available to help educate the community on the importance of child abuse prevention and sexual assault awareness. We CAN NOT do this work alone. We need everyone's help to prevent it.  

CASDA is committed to providing services to all members of our community, irrespective of race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, age, ability, or national origin (ancestry). If you need immediate assistance, please call their hotline at 1-800-649-2921 or (715) 392-3136. You can also use our Get Help form, but please be aware that our response may be delayed until the next business day.