Health & Safety

August 8, 2013

Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum
28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom.

Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians, Safe HelpRoom is an online chat program which increases the ways victims can collectively cope with their experiences.

“Safe HelpRoom is a brand-new service provided through the (DOD) Safe Helpline,” said Kelly Dominguez, 28th Bomb Wing sexual assault response coordinator at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. “It was created to provide military personnel with an avenue to get help while remaining anonymous.”

Two-hour chat sessions are held twice a week, with the date, starting time and topic posted on the Safe Helpline website, www.safehelpline.org .

“For example, a military member can access Safe Helpline over the phone or through a chat session online and get resources from a trained professional,” Dominguez said. “They can also get contact information for the closest Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office.”

Discussions are moderated to guarantee a safe environment conducive to support, and to give participants a point of contact for referral questions.

“Someone who calls in or enters a chat does not have to provide any personal information, but is able to access a staff that is trained on the unique needs of DOD community members,” Dominguez noted.

For more information about Safe HelpRoom, visit www.safehelpline.org/about-safe-helproom, or call the Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247.

“The DOD Safe Helpline is a great resource for victims of sexual assault to turn to if they aren’t sure what to do or who to talk to,” Dominguez added.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical informa...
 
 
BreastCancerAwareness_pict

An Airman’s story: My mother didn’t fight alone

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – His green eyes frantically searched the crowd for his dying mother. During his final pass and review at basic military training (BMT) he saw her in the stands, cheering him on. A year later, ...
 
 

Fire Prevention Week 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Sparky the Fire Dog, National Fire Protection Association spokesdog, and members from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight taught children from the Child Development Center how to stop, drop and roll at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 8. The 355th FES conducted several events in conjunction with Fire...
 

 

Troops to Teachers helps Airmen serve after separation

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – For many service members who are separating from the military, finding employment that utilizes prior training or skills gained while serving can be difficult. For Airmen who are honorably discharged from their military commitment and have an interest in ‘serving’ again as an educational instructor, the Troops to Teachers program is...
 
 

Military Tuition Assistance Program implements changes for FY15

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Air Force active duty Airmen who want to take advantage of the military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year can expect several changes that were implemented on Oct. 1, 2014. The new Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, also referred to as AF COOL, will take the place...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin