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Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Respect. Protect. Empower.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2021

The Navy’s 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) theme is “Respect. Protect. Empower.” Primary prevention continues to be an enduring goal for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program as we focus on approaches to take before sexual violence occurs. This involves looking at the social norms, values, and climate that create an environment where sexual violence is permissible and then examining what we as individuals can do to challenge them.

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is joining other Navy components and services to observe SAAPM with a variety of activities and events at installations across the enterprise.

Though the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is a year-round effort, SAAPM offers additional opportunities for members of the DoD community to renew our commitment to eliminating sexual assault from our ranks. Every sailor, civilian and family member plays a part in reducing and eliminating sexual assault. Understanding how to recognize opportunities for intervention is vital to stopping unsafe behavior, to include retaliation. Each day we can take steps to foster a culture of dignity and respect with proper ethical behavior, even when no one is watching.

Respect. Protect. Empower.

Last year we made the commitment to prevent sexual assault, and this year we continue to build on that foundational pledge with actionable steps.

  • At all times, we commit to treating others with Respect.
  • Protect one another from harm through active intervention.
  • Empower those around you to speak up or intervene.

Respect is an integral part of healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and our communities, and some of the best modeling occurs in the spaces where we live, work, and play. When members of our family or communities need help, we feel a great sense of duty to support and help them navigate life’s difficulties. So, we call upon Sailors, families, and communities to protect one another by looking out for signs of unhealthy relationships, whether living on or off base. Protecting one another also includes actively intervening or enlisting the support of your command or the local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to prevent harm. Finally, we can all empower one another by providing non-judgmental support and referrals to those seeking advocacy, mentorship, and other services. As a Navy family, we can generate powerful change that benefits us all.

Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways that you can get involved in SAAPM and the SAPR Program. At each Navy installation, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is the central POC for SAAPM events and activities.  Your installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator can provide you with information on SAAPM events and volunteer opportunities. You can find contact information for your installation SARC by checking your local installation website, or by checking the Plan of the Week or Plan of the Day.

Commands have multiple opportunities to participate during SAAPM. Commands that are interested in hosting events during SAAPM are encouraged to reach out to their SARC for coordination and support.

Sample events include:

  • Leadership engagement activities (e.g., leadership symposium that focuses on empowering senior leaders to implement climate change, proclamation signing, SAPR Meet-and-Greet, Q&A with CSADD, Department Head syncs)
  • SAPR Personnel Engagement activities (e.g., self-care for SAPR VAs, SAPR VA appreciation event, SAPR resource fair, train-the-trainer for UVA, teal ribbon/flag campaign)
  • Sexual assault prevention activities (e.g., active intervention skill sharing, SAPR trivia night with prevention scenarios, theater presentations, lunch and learn)
  • Sports activities (e.g., 5K Run/Walk, color run, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes)
  • Group activities (e.g., monthly “The Atlantic” graphic novel discussion groups, SAAPM Flash Mob, Take Back the Night, candlelight vigil, cookout / cook-off)
  • Contests and creative activities (e.g., respect-themed sidewalk chalk messages, art exhibits and SAAPM poster contests, Clothesline Project / Line of Courage, scavenger hunt, Command Cup)

Contact your installation SARC for additional collaboration regarding event ideas and opportunities. Check with your local installation’s Fleet and Family Support Center website for contact information.

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