News Icon

News: Area II wants you to ‘Speak Up!’ to prevent sexual assault

Story by Pfc. Young Ho JungSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Area II wants you to Speak Up! to prevent sexual assault Courtesy Photo

Capt. Cindy Williams, SHARP program SARC for 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, captures the attention of the audience by sharing her story during the official kick-off event at the South Post Chapel, March 31. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Moon Hyungju)

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea – Sexual Assault Awareness Month officially began with a solemn ceremony held at South Post Chapel, March 31.

The welcoming speech was given by Master Sgt. Latisha Turner, followed by national anthems, and an invocation speech by Maj. Tim Won.

The opening remarks, given by Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command, highlighted this year’s theme.

“Sexual Assault Awareness Month reaffirms our commitment to ending sexual assault within our ranks,” said Dillon. “Stopping sexual assault requires all of us to ‘Speak Up!,’ which is the theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To prevent sexual assault, we must intervene if we see something. It all starts with speaking up!”

The history of SAAM, which began in the late 70s, was presented by Master Sgt. Gwendolyn Beauford, from Eighth Army G-4.

“In 1976, ‘Take Back the Night’ marches occurred to protest fear and violence that women had to face at night,” said Beauford. “It soon expanded into Europe and throughout the United States. In the early 80s, there were increased interests in coordinating activities to raise awareness of violence against women. After a while, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault took a census to determine the date for a national Sexual Assault Awareness Week and a week in April was selected.”

SAAM is observed in April every year. Its priority is to raise people’s awareness about the possibility of any kind of sexual assault and teach how they can prevent sexual violence. This year, SAAM aims attention at healthy sexuality and young people.

Guest speaker Capt. Cindy Williams, SHARP program SARC for 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, shared her personal experience and offered words of wisdom to the audience.

“Respect is the most important value in preventing the sexual violence,” Williams said. “Without respect for others, people cross boundaries. That is when the lines are blurred between the right and wrong.”

For more information, contact Area II Lead Sexual Assault Resource Center at DSN 724-4070.


Connected Media
ImagesArea II wants you to...
Master Sgt. Gwendolyn Beauford, from Eighth Army G-4,...
ImagesArea II wants you to...
Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, deputy chief of staff for the...
ImagesArea II wants you to...
Capt. Cindy Williams, SHARP program SARC for 501st...


Web Views
57
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Area II wants you to ‘Speak Up!’ to prevent sexual assault, by PFC Young Ho Jung, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:03.31.2014

Date Posted:04.13.2014 23:23

Location:YONGSAN, 11, KRGlobe

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr