Story Number: NNS140402-08Release Date: 4/2/2014 11:16:00 AM
By Sue Krawczyk, Training Support Center Great Lakes Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Training Support Center (TSC) kicked off Navy's Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a teal ribbon-hanging ceremony April 1.
"These ribbons are a symbolic gesture to mark the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month," said Capt. Henry "Hank" P. Roux Jr., commanding officer, TSC. "We're in a unique position here at TSC in that we talk about sexual assault awareness and do something about it every day with staff and students."
The Department of Defense (DoD) theme for SAAM 2014 is, "Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault." The goal is to empower each individual command to take ownership of this problem by focusing on the values we should embody day in and day out.
"We don't live sexual assault awareness only in April here at Great Lakes, we live it every day," said Roux. "The ribbons around the base will serve as a reminder to everyone about why we are doing this. This is what we live, but having an entire month dedicated to the awareness only reinforces our continuous efforts."
SAAM is recognized across the country by both civilian and military communities. April offers a unique opportunity to build on existing momentum to fight this crime and ensure all Service members are treated with dignity and respect.
"I hope the presence of SAPR teal ribbons around base will increase sexual assault awareness within our ranks and focus on our collective effort to provide a safe environment for our Sailors at all levels," said Chief Electrician's Mate (AW/SW) Latrina Lumpkin, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response command liaison for TSC.
SAAM will serve to emphasize TSC's commitment to a climate which elevates the Navy's core values, as well as charge each sailor and civilian partner to actively participate in an environment that does not tolerate, condone, or ignore destructive and sexist behaviors.
The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, Great Lakes chapter, continues to be active year-round with base-wide activities and assisted with hanging the ribbons.
"We take a big part in sexual assault prevention. We find a way to connect with junior sailors because we are junior sailors and help bring advice and information about the Navy's monthly topic which happens to be sexual assault awareness," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Stuart Green, CSADD president. "With today's ribbon-tying around the base, it represents that as a base and as a whole we want to let people know we are acting against sexual assault in a very big way and it's not individually, it's command-wide as well as Navywide."
The DoD community has a critical role in prevention and responding to sexual assault and takes an active role in intervening to reduce risk, stop inappropriate behavior, and report crimes.
"Every day we try to eradicate sexual assault out of our ranks," said Roux. "This has to be something that is forefront in our minds all the time."
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