Protecting our people protects our mission

150406-F-ZZ999-002By Capt. Allison Farres, 184th Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Although we engage in conversations around sexual assault and the continuum of violence year round, this month provides us an opportunity to pause and truly consider the impact of this crime.

This year’s theme is Protecting our People Protects our Mission. This theme emphasizes the role that we all play in creating an environment of dignity and respect. It also reminds us that when one of our own is hurting, we are all impacted. 

During the April drill, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office will be set up at the Jayhawk Roost, building 36, during lunch hours to share information, answer questions and provide some freebies. Please stop by and see us.

We encourage all Airmen to also take a moment to consider how he or she may react if someone were to disclose a sexual assault. Your reactions matter, particularly if you are the first person the individual discloses to. It’s important to respond in a manner that is compassionate and non-judgmental.

You will also want be aware of what your reporting responsibilities are and know the appropriate resources available. Contacting the SAPR office is the best way to ensure restricted reporting options are preserved and the survivor receives requested services.

Over the month of April, take some time to engage in conversations about sexual assault and the continuum of violence. Think about your role in fighting this issue and ask yourself, “How do I protect our mission?”