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Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Eliminate Sexual Assault

In April 2018, the Department of Defense (DoD) will observe the 14th Annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with the theme "Raise Your Voice For Prevention." The 2018 SAAPM theme reminds us that everyone has a role to play in ensuring the men and women around us can live and work free from the threat of sexual assault to perform its mission.  We can protect our mission by ensuring everyone within DoD is committed to advancing an environment where sexist behaviors and sexual harassment, hazing, bullying, and assault are not tolerated, condoned, or ignored.

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.

Raise Your Voice for Prevention

There are many simple, every day ways that you can raise your voice for prevention,

  • Tell a friend why prevention is important to you.

  • Post a supportive #prevention message on social media.

  • Practice how you can respond if you see a situation that could lead to sexual assault.

  • Speak up if you see a shipmate being treated unfairly because of their gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

  • Participate in a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) event.

  • Share information about SAPR with a friend.

  • Ask your installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) how you can get involved in prevention.

  • Share these tips with someone!

Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways that you can get involved in SAAPM and the SAPR Program. Your installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) 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.

Social media is a great tool to amplify positive messages during SAAPM. On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, use hashtags such as #SAAPM and to connect with the broader conversation. Share SAAPM posts from the Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/navyffsc/.

Commands have multiple opportunities to participate during SAAPM. At each Navy installation, the SARC is the central coordinator of SAAPM events and activities. 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, proclamation signing, SAPR Meet-and-Greet)
• SAPR Personnel Engagement activities (e.g., self-care for SAPR VAs, SAPR VA appreciation event, SAPR resource fair, teal ribbon/flag campaign)
• Sexual assault prevention activities (e.g., intervention skill sharing, SAPR trivia night, theater presentations, lunch and learn)
• Sports activities (e.g., 5K Run/Walk, color run, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes)
• Group activities (e.g., SAAPM Flash Mob, Take Back the Night, candlelight vigil, cookout / cook-off)
• Contests and creative activities (e.g., sidewalk chalk messages, Clothesline Project / Line of Courage, art exhibit, scavenger hunt, SAAPM poster contest)

Contact your installation SARC for additional collaboration regarding event ideas and opportunities. Check your local installation website for contact information.

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