Community urged to do its part to end sexual assault

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, USARHAW senior commander and commander 25th ID, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, 25th ID senior enlisted adviser, tie a teal ribbon to a pole at the USARHAW SHARP Resource Center, Wednesday. The color teal shows support for and honors victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, USARHAW senior commander and commander 25th ID, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, 25th ID senior enlisted adviser, tie a teal ribbon to a pole at the USARHAW SHARP Resource Center, Wednesday. The color teal shows support for and honors victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Story and photos by
Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), an occasion recognized across the country.

This year, U.S. Army Hawaii is encouraging its community to adhere to the Department of Defense theme and “Eliminate Sexual Assault-Know Your Part, Do Your Part!”

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii and commander of the 25th Infantry Division, delivered a keynote speech and signed a proclamation declaring April to be SAAPM at the USARHAW Sexual Harassment Awareness Resistance and
Prevention (SHARP) Resource Center, Wednesday.

“Sexual assault is a threat to the Army’s core values,” Flynn said. “Soldiers are not the only victims; the community is also a victim.”

He praised the efforts put forth by the Army’s commanders and command sergeants major to address this issue, saying that the strides the Army has made could not have been done without their proactive involvement.

As the Army continues to do its part to eliminate sexual assault, the community will feel safer, said Flynn.

“Our actions will speak loudest,” Flynn added, “by doing our part to take a stand and prevent sexual assault and help those in our formations that are affected by these terrible actions when they occur.”

Flynn also praised the efforts of the USARHAW SHARP team in maintaining awareness of the issue within the USARHAW community.

Lisa Charles, USARHAW SHARP program manager, encouraged the community to participate in as many SAAPM events as possible.

“Even if (you) may not know much about the issue, yet, come out and learn about it,” she said.

SAAPM Events
The following take place in April:
Tuesdays, civilians and family members are encouraged to wear teal clothing throughout April.
Ongoing, the USAG-HI 30-day photo challenge is designed to get the community to spread the message of sexual assault awareness and prevention. Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/takeastand/ for instructions.
Ongoing, the 9th Mission Support Command Poster Challenge encourages individuals to create a SHARP poster. The winner will be announced on April 25.

On the Web
Review these sites for more activities in April and discussion:
•U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Sexual
Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/takeastand/.
•Armywide Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at www.army.mil/standto/archive_2015-04-01.

HONOLULU — Brig. Gen. Bryan Fenton (center, wearing lei), 25th ID deputy commanding general-operations, and service members and employees from Tripler Army Medical Center and USARHAW’s SHARP program, meet with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell(center, right), and members of the City Council to support the city’s proclamation-signing ceremony, here, March 25. Caldwell declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.           and emphasized the role of partnerships, like the one the city has with the military, in demonstrating a commitment to end sexual violence.  “The City and County of Honolulu is proud to stand together with the state and our armed forces in raising awareness of sexual assault,” Caldwell said. “Eliminating this intolerable form of abuse from our island takes a collaborative effort from us all, and it begins with spreading awareness. We are determined to see this through and foster a culture where sexual assault is not accepted anywhere.”

HONOLULU — Brig. Gen. Bryan Fenton (center, wearing lei), 25th ID deputy commanding general-operations, and service members and employees from Tripler Army Medical Center and USARHAW’s SHARP program, meet with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell(center, right), and members of the City Council to support the city’s proclamation-signing ceremony, here, March 25. Caldwell declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
and emphasized the role of partnerships, like the one the city has with the military, in demonstrating a commitment to end sexual violence.
“The City and County of Honolulu is proud to stand together with the state
and our armed forces in raising awareness of sexual assault,” Caldwell said. “Eliminating this intolerable form of abuse from our island takes a collaborative effort from us all, and it begins with spreading awareness. We are determined to see this through and foster a
culture where sexual assault is not accepted anywhere.”

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