At 7:00 a.m. on March 30 Soldiers and Family members gathered at Green Ramp to run with the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program office to kick off the month of April with a bang.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month and SHARP has coordinated events all over the installation in order to educate and offer support to sexual assault survivors.
“One in six women in the United States has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime,” according to RAINN.org.
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense as well as the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 (800)-656-HOPE (4673).
Garrison commanders like Col. Kyle A. Reed, Col. Kelly R. Holbert, 43d Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield and Command Sgt. Major Eric R. McCray were all present to show their support in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual assault.
“Never blame the victim,” said one sign lining the track. “Don’t just be a bystander—if you see something intervene in any way you can,” said another.
In honor of SAAPM, there will be a Clothesline Project event at Lightning Memorial Field from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6 and a Human Freeze Mob held at noon at the Soldier Support Center.
At the Clothesline Project event supporters will be able to leave supportive messages on t-shirts, survivors of sexual violence will be able to tell their stories or leave kind words for others who may be suffering in silence.
Healthy relationship classes and consent education classes have been scheduled as well as a Denim Day on April 25.