April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A group of Soldiers and volunteers froze in front of the Soldier’s support center for the Human Sign Freeze Mob event on April 6.
Lined up on the street in front of the center, signs such as, “Hurt one, affects all,” “Stand up against sexual assault,” “Make a difference,” “He was my friend,” and many more, could be seen by spectators passing through the parking lot.
Each sign represents something a victim could be thinking while experiencing sexual assault according to 44th Medical Brigade Advocate, Shalena Brown.
“You also have encouraging statements to give Soldiers, Family members and people in the community — to be aware of sexual assault and to stand up for themselves, to stand up for other people. You see something going on report it or encourage the victim to report it so something can be done about it,” Brown said.
“This is Fort Bragg, this is a collaboration of all the sexual assault response coordinators and victims advocates. This is for anybody who wants to participate. So the people who organized are credential-holding victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators from individual units across the installation,” said Sgt. 1st Class Quinton McNair, 82nd CAB SHARP representative.
“The events we put together are for anybody who wants to participate. The SHARP program is not just for military people, it’s also for Family members.”
The U.S. Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur.
During this event participants froze for a couple of minutes with signs that had encouraging words for sexual assault victims and also letting people know the damaging results from it.
The mission of SHARP is to intervene, act and motivate. Having the personal courage to intervene and prevent sexual assault. For Soldiers to make it their duty to stand up for you, no matter the time or place, they will take action and stay motivated to keep fellow Soldiers safe.
For more information about the program SHARP visit www.PreventSexualAssault.Army.mil.