Stop and Prevent: Proclamations aim to raise awareness

| April 7, 2011 | 2 Comments
Ana Maria Despault, an Army Community Service volunteer, poses with the quilt she made in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The quilt was displayed during the signing of the month’s proclamation. (Vickey Mouzé | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Ana Maria Despault, an Army Community Service volunteer, poses with the quilt she made in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The quilt was displayed during the signing of the month’s proclamation. (Vickey Mouzé | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A handmade quilt and decorated blue jeans were on display at the signing of two proclamations at Army Community Service, here, Friday.

The blue jeans, decorated by ACS staff and volunteers, represents Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The quilt, made by Ana Maria Despault, an ACS volunteer, honors Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Decorated blue jeans are displayed at the signing of a proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Schofield Barracks, April 1.

Decorated blue jeans are displayed at the signing of a proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Schofield Barracks, April 1.

Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, signed both proclamations.

The proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month, with its theme of “Child Abuse Prevention Requires Safe Communities and Responsive Families,” emphasizes keiki protection and support.

The second proclamation designates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout USAG-HI. The signing is in keeping with the Army’s “I A.M. Strong” prevention campaign, and in support of the month’s theme, “Hurts One, Affects All … Preventing Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty.”

Referring to both observances, Mulbury said that child abuse and sexual abuse is not only “reprehensible,” but is completely contrary to what Soldiers stand for and their values.

“It is a cancer that has to be fought; it can’t be tolerated,” he said. “The thing that perplexes me about this whole phenomenon is that, yes, we are Soldiers and a representation of our society.

“We enter the Army. We put on the uniform, with all the baggage — good and bad — that came with us from our childhood or adult experiences,” he said. “But in this military culture and community, this absolutely cannot be tolerated.

“We ask our Soldiers to do awesome and brave things downrange, and they do, but to know that they can do these types of things, again, I can’t reconcile the two.”

He added that while the Army is a stressed force after 10 years of war, engaging in child abuse and sexual abuse isn’t an excuse.

Mulbury said that the proclamations serve as a call for awareness of a sustained effort, adding that he continues to be impressed with the commitment and professionalism of ACS staff in terms of what they do to take care of Soldiers and their families.

In recognition of the proclamations, the Family Advocacy Program will set up information booths at Tripler Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. 

See more proclamation ceremony photos at Flickr.

Resources

Sexual assault and domestic violence

  • Military Police at Schofield Barracks, 655-5555; at Fort Shafter, 438-7114.
  • 24/7 victim advocate SAFE line at 624-7233.

Family advocacy

  • ACS, Schofield Barracks at 655-4779.
  • SB Health Clinic at 433-8579.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center at 433-6606.
  • Child Protective Service Switchboard at 832-5300.

Education and awareness 

What’s coming up

Fun Runs/Walks

These two fun runs/walks will be held to support prevention of sexual abuse and child abuse; they’re open to the public.

  • April 8, 6:30 a.m., Chapel Field, Fort Shafter, Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.
  • April 29, 6 a.m., 8th Military Police Brigade, Headquarters, Building 759, 455 Williston, Schofield Barracks.

Denim Friday

  • April 8, 15, 22 and 29, ACS staff will wear denim to raise awareness about sexual assault. Visit www.supportdenimday.com.

Blue Monday

  • April 11, 18 and 25, ACS staff will wear blue to support child abuse prevention.

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month information table

  • April 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Schofield Barracks Exchange.
  • April 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tripler Army Medical Center.
  • April 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fort Shafter PX.

Army Substance Abuse Program/Sexual Assault and Prevention Response’s “What’s In Your Hula Hoop?” 

  • April 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks.
  • April 21, 9-10:30 a.m., Fort Shafter Flats.

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month Food Drive

  • April 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Schofield Barracks Commissary.

Unit Victim Advocate Refresher Course

  • April 19, 8-10 a.m., Yano Education Center, Schofield Barracks.

UVA/Deployable Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Meet and Greet

  • April 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Room 2, ACS, Schofield Barracks.

SAPR and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’ “Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowling Tournament”

  • April 21, 4-7 p.m., Fort Shafter Bowling Alley.

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  1. victoria young says:

    please cancel weekly subscription of Army newspaper sent to Emmett Young, as he passed away May 29, 2013. Thank You.

    • haw says:

      Hello, Ms. Young — We are so sorry for your loss.
      We will contact you via email for the cancellation subscription.
      Aloha, Aiko Brum
      Chief, Internal Communication

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