Health & Safety

April 19, 2013

Sexual assault prevention, response training

During the Sundance Film festival in Utah, February 2012, a documentary was shown that dealt with military victims of sexual assault and was released to the public later in June 2012.

The Academy Award nominated film “The Invisible War” got the attention of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welch III who in-turn showed it to all Wing Commanders last November.

Senior leaders at Edwards were given an opportunity to view “The Invisible War” during lunch at Club Muroc at the request of Brig. Gen Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander.

There was much discussion afterwards and all in attendance agreed this is a serious problem that should be eradicated from our ranks. Even though the statistical data in the presentation were a bit skewed, the most important message of this film is one sexual assault or rape is too many. The overwhelming discussion point from the group was how do we get our Airmen to know how to recognize inappropriate behavior in the workplace and in their personal lives? What should they do? Who can they tell or talk to if they are junior to the perpetrator of this inappropriate behavior?

Over the past two-and-half years the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office presented Bystander Intervention. In that training, tools were given on how to recognize an unprofessional inappropriate situation and how to step in and intervene. As we roll out 2013 Sexual Assault Prevention Training, we will build on from bystanders intervening to busting out of some stereotypes and myths of what a perpetrator and victim look like, who they are and how they operate. We should never let our guard down as the numbers of rapes being committed by strangers has decreased over time. Many rapes committed today are what we now call non-stranger rapes and sexual assaults.

Rapes and sexual assaults committed by a friend, acquaintance, co-worker, lover, significant other or family member, have been in the news almost regularly. The recent scandals involving religious leaders, retired college coaches, enlisted non-commissioned officers, officers and high school sports team members, have all been reported in the news over just the last year. The SAPR training is an annual requirement for all active duty personnel and civilians that supervise active duty. All others are welcome to attend with supervisor’s permission.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is committed and dedicated to educating our Edwards community personnel that sexual assaults and rapes are a crime and can’t be tolerated in our Air Force. For more information on sexual assault prevention and response please contact the Sexual Assault Prevention Manager, Kimberly Shirley, at (661) 277-7272 or email kimberly.shirley@edwards.af.mil.

 

 




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


 
 

 
summer-safety

Summertime fire safety

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Summer is upon us! This means lots of fun with family and friends. At the Edwards AFB Fire Department we want your summer to be fun, memorable and safe. Here are a few tips to help keep you...
 
 

Enhance teamwork, effectiveness, significance and leadership skills!

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices. The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen....
 
 

AADD volunteer opportunities for July

The AADD (Airmen Against Drunk Driving) team is looking for volunteers for the month of July. Please help the fight in continuing to keep the streets safe and free of drunk drivers. Your help is needed. Look over the AADD volunteer responsibilities for an overview of what is expected if you are not familiar. A)...
 

 
darpa-robots

Edwards announces new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response web page

Team Edwards and its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office continue to make improvements in its fight against sexual assault. As part of that effort, the base along with the SAPR office, has created a new web page to ra...
 
 
Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens

Summer safety begins with risk management

Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens Increased travel and leisure activities that go hand-in-hand with the summer months require increased emphasis on risk management, said Air Force Chief of Ground Safety, Bill Parsons. Increa...
 
 
MG-appointments

Don’t be a no show

The 412th Medical Group is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of you and your family by providing access to its services and the best possible medical care. No shows are a costly problem for the 412th MDG and the patie...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>