2018-04-06 / Front Page

Opening ceremony kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

Wilson A. Rivera
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention Representatives place teal ribbons for display at the Signal Towers flag pole during a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month opening ceremony held March 29. 
Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention Representatives place teal ribbons for display at the Signal Towers flag pole during a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month opening ceremony held March 29. Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office “Shaping a culture of trust” is this year’s theme for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month stated during the SAAPM opening ceremony held March 29 at the Signal Towers flag pole.

Civilian and military communities observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month to raise awareness, prevent sexual violence and provide essential support to survivors. Societal awareness of sexual harassment and sexual assault have soared in recent months as a result of misconduct charges sweeping across media, entertainment, and other industries.

“Today we are recognizing with the rest of the nation that April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” said Capt. Tabitha Sassor, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program deputy manager. “Our Fort Gordon SAPR and SHARP teams work year round to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is an inexcusable crime, which impacts mission readiness, a top priority.”

SHARP’s primary mission is prevention of sexual violence as a means to support the Army senior leadership’s goal of maintaining the highest levels of unit and organizational readiness. SAAPM provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the complex, integrated work of the Army’s SHARP professionals and mission stakeholders such as the Criminal Investigation Command, Office of the Judge Advocate General, and Office of the Surgeon General.

“It’s the responsibility of every one of us to ensure we live and work without the threat of sexual harassment or sexual assault. I believe that we can accomplish this first by shaping a culture of trust, which will in turn protect our people and therefore protect our mission,” said Brig. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II, Chief of Signal and U.S. Army Signal School commandant.

During SAAPM, the Army highlights the roles and responsibilities of these entities in helping Command Teams establish healthy, prevention-focused climates, ensure competent and compassionate victim care, and facilitate offender accountability.

The Army will continue to educate the Army team about sexual violence, increase awareness about the importance of preventing these offenses, and reinforce individual and collective responsibilities to report and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents when they occur.

Throughout the month of April, keys events will assist with education about preventing and responding to inappropriate behaviors and the crime of sexual assault.

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