This month, in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Center launched their campaign for sexual assault prevention. Their motto is “There are many ways to be a hero, preventing sexual assault is one of them”. The campaign works to reinforce the idea that what “Hurts one. Affects all” and that preventing sexual assault is everyone’s duty.
The 2010 Campaign focuses on the effects sexual assault has on the military. The concept that what “hurts one effects all” speaks to the fact that a sexual assault can reverberate throughout a unit and beyond. By harming the life of the victim, the military’s ability to work effectively as a team is harmed as well. This theme provides commanders and senior enlisted leaders with opportunities to talk about about the prevention of this crime. Each Military Service will have a series of posters that illustrate real-life situations encouraging everyone to get involved in prevention.
Along with the Campaign the The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Center launched a website www.myduty.mil . The website has resources and information on sexual assault, common questions and myths, prevention, the rights of service members, and reporting. Military One Source, www.militaryonesource.com, offers assistance with reporting, important points of contact and free confidential counseling services.
The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault is a non-profit in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We are the only agency in central Virginia that specializes in the treatment of survivors of sexually violent crimes. We not only serve survivors of their families, but also work to educate the community and prevent sexually violent crimes. ... Continue reading →