Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), a recognition period observed in both military and civilian communities in the United States. The goal of SAAPM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to provide education and information on how to prevent it.

This month provides us an opportunity to learn and educate ourselves about the issue of sexual assault, and then take action by encouraging behaviors that foster a climate of dignity and respect. Learning and implementing prevention practices can help to reduce the incidence of sexual assault.

 

 

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In our Navy and here at MSC we are focusing on creating the necessary culture to eliminate sexual assault and requiring a personal commitment from all service members and civilians at every level.

We recently brought on board Ms. Tina Carter, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Manager for MSC. She will be leading our SAPR program, focusing on crisis intervention, comprehensive training, command-wide education, and support to victims and their families.  Most importantly, the intervention portion of the program is designed to support victims and their families as they deal with the many issues following sexual assault trauma.

Thank you to those who have participated, or will be participating, in SAAPM events during the month, either on base or in your local communities. Here at the headquarters this week, we observed SAAPM with a “Walk a Lap for a Survivor” event where we participated in a tribute walk honoring  a sexual assault survivor.  Those working at other locations should look for opportunities to participate in any SAAPM activities taking place near you.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

 

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