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Every Airman has a role in preventing sex assaults

Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, said in his article “Every Airman has a role in preventing sex assaults”. Let those around you know that sexual assault will not be tolerated. Start by taking responsibility for your workplace, and do not tolerate inappropriate or degrading remarks or the display of sexually explicit or suggestive materials.” How do you take responsibility within your unit?

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No Holds Barred!!

As Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand-down days begin around the Air Force, what would you like to tell your senior leadership about sexual assault within the Air Force?

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Creating a Healthy Work Environment

How can supervisors at every level foster a climate of respect and dignity where behavior not in accordance with our core values is considered unacceptable?

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Step Up: What’s Your Role?

SAAM PosterToday, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) begins nationally. The Department of Defense theme this year is,  ” Live our Values: Step Up To Stop Sexual Assault.”  The underlying message is simple; everyone has a role in preventing sexual assault.  It only takes one person to “step up” and make a difference.  What is your personal responsibility?

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Prevention vs Risk Management

What are the differences between prevention and risk management when it comes to sexual assault?

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Need Your Thoughts — Week of 04 Mar 14

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is coming up in April.  We want to know what types of training you would like to see at your base and why?

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“An increase in the Air Force’s number of sexual assault cases implies more assaults are occurring.” What are your thoughts?

An increase in reporting does not necessarily imply there is an increase in the number of sexual assaults taking place in the Air Force.  A victim can come forward at any time during his or her career (i.e., the event could have happened years ago or even prior to joining the military).  An increase in numbers may indicate our Airmen feel comfortable coming forward to report this crime.

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“Rape is about having sex.” Need Your thoughts — Week of 11 Feb 14

Did you know research has proven that rape is about power, control, and domination.  Rape is NOT about sex, though it is a violent crime that is expressed sexually. The victim has not “asked for it” and does not enjoy it.  Rape is often life-altering and can be life-threatening in some cases; it can severely traumatize the victim. (Source: http://www.turningpointservices.org/If%20she%20is%20raped%20-%20understanding%20rape.htm)

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Myth vs Fact: Need Your Thoughts — 28 Jan 14

Myth:  “All sexual assault victims will report the crime immediately.  If they do not report it or delay in reporting it, then they must have changed their minds after it happened, wanted revenge, or didn’t want to look like they were sexually active.”

Fact:  There are many reasons why a sexual assault victim may not report the assault, either immediately or at all. It is not easy to talk about being sexually assaulted.  The experience of re-telling what happened may cause the person to relive the trauma. Other common reasons for not immediately reporting the assault or not reporting it at all include: fear of retaliation, fear of not being believed, fear of being blamed for the assault, fear that reporting may affect their careers, fear of being “re-victimized” if the case goes through the criminal justice system, belief that the offender will not be held accountable, wanting to forget the assault ever happened, not recognizing that what happened was sexual assault, feeling shame, and/or shock. Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes for many of these reasons.  Simply because a person did not immediately report a sexual assault or chose not to report it at all does not mean that the assault did not happen.
(Source: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/advising-counseling/personal-counseling/sarvl/general-information.cfm)

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Myth vs Fact: Need Your Thoughts — Week of 21Jan 14

Myth:  “Some people make themselves vulnerable to sexual assault by their behavior, drinking too much alcohol or by the way they dress.”

Fact:  Perpetrators use a variety of excuses to attempt to discredit the people they rape and to justify the crime.  No person asks or deserves to be raped or sexually assaulted.  Often, a rape case is defined more by attacks on the victim’s credibility than by what has happened to the victim.  Rapists are able to capitalize on misperceptions of victims’ behavior, allowing rapists to shift the responsibility for the rape toward the victims wherever possible. This results in perpetrators who rape being seen as victims of malicious allegations, carelessness, or stupidity. (Source: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/commonmyths2.php)

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