Laughlin observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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  • By Senior Airman John A. Crawford
  • 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is something that directly and indirectly affects every member of the armed forces, and everyone both military and civilian can contribute together to stop sexual assault.

“The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is a perpetrator, but all of us have the ability to look out for each other’s safety,” said the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website. “Whether it’s giving someone a safe ride home from a party or directly confronting a person who is engaging in threatening behavior, anyone can help prevent sexual violence.”

The RAINN website suggests four ways to play a role in preventing sexual assaults, with the acronym “CARE”, which stands for “Create a distraction, Ask directly, Refer to an authority and Enlist others”.

“Every case of Sexual Assault erodes readiness, lethality, and the trust Americans have in our ability to carry out our mission,” said U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  “Sexual assault crimes that target the individual, threaten us all and run counter to what we stand for – honor, courage, integrity, selflessness.  Zero tolerance is the only acceptable metric.”

If you or someone you know need to talk to a SAPR coordinator urgently, please contact 877-995-5247.

For more information, please contact the Laughlin Air Force Base SAPR office at DSN: 298-7272 or commercial: 830-298-7272 or visit the SAPR office in the 47th Medical Group, building 375, Room 117.