Each April, civilian and military communities observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month to raise awareness of efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault and to support survivors. This year’s theme is “Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army.”

Sexual assault harms victims physically and emotionally and its lingering effects can haunt a victim.

Sexual assault is further complicated by the fear of stigma or retaliation for reporting. In the military, these debilitating consequences not only affect the individual, they also directly impact mission readiness by compromising unit cohesion, trust and discipline.

SAAPM is an opportunity for the Army’s leadership to demonstrate to Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and Family members that prevention of sexual assault/harassment remains a top priority for the Army; that these incidents should be reported without fear of retaliation; and that offenders will be held appropriately accountable.

The following events will be held in April at Fort Bragg to recognize SAAPM:

April 3 — Interactive information display at the North Post Exchange from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and at the South Post Exchange and Mini Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

April 3 to 5 — “Got Your Back” training at York Theater from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call Sgt. 1st Class Quinton McNair at 992-2212 for more information. The training is open to the entire Fort Bragg community. The presentations may contain offensive language.

April 5 — SAAPM Expo on the first floor of Womack Army Medical Center in the clinic mall area, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 13 — “Survivor to Thriver, Helping Survivors Find Their Voice” training hosted by Mike Pistorino at the Pope Family Readiness Group Center. Session 1 is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Session 2 is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP by calling 853 3309. The training contains adult content for those 18 years old and older.

April 14 — SAAPM Motorcycle Ride hosted by Womack Army Medical Center 1 to 3 p.m. starting and ending at the Womack Troop Battalion.

April 19 — “Soldier Social Influences” training at York Theater from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to overcome negative influences that can lead Soldiers down the wrong path.

April 26 — Denim Day. Wear denim to show support and awareness of SAAPM.

April 26 — “Can I Kiss You?” training at 9:30 a.m. at the FRG Center. The event is open to all 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers and their Family members. The training will count toward annual training.

April 27 and 28 — Leader training at York Theater from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This training will satisfy SHARP and ASAP training requirements.

For additional questions about any of these events, contact your SHARP representative.