Commentary

April 11, 2014

A Chaplain’s perspective on sexual assault

Have you ever had your soul torn in two?

In other words, have you ever been hurt at such a deep level that you don’t think you will ever be healed again?

That is what happens with a sexual assault. It cuts deep into a person so that their very being is damaged in ways we cannot see.

The most intimate act a person can share with another is misused for self-gratification. Sexual assault redefines the word “love” from “sacrificial giving for another” to “violently taking from another.” Anyone who has been traumatized by sexual assault can tell you of the fear, shame, and anger resulting from this selfish action from what was most likely a supposed friend.

The Air Force leadership knows this very painful trauma requires critical and specialized support – that is why they provide avenues for someone to seek help in a private manner.

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is one avenue, but another that you may not think of right away is a chaplain.

Chaplains along with the SARC are the two base agencies that provide 100 percent confidentiality. That is right – 100 percent in this area. That means we can provide total protection of your deepest hurts and we do that so you will have room and time to begin the healing process. Chaplains can also work hand in hand with the SARC with a restricted report to provide you the greatest number of tools in moving through this difficult time without the worry of more people finding out.

What can you do to help a person you think has been sexually assaulted? You may suspect that this deep and dark secret may be lurking in the background of a friend and yet they are still afraid to bring it out in the open. Compassionately encourage them to go talk to a chaplain, a place where secrets have a chance to come out in the open without the fear of shame and embarrassment. The first step is the hardest, but you have a friend in the chaplain.




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


 
 

 

News Briefs March 27, 2015

Enlisted promotion ceremony The Edwards Enlisted Promotion Ceremony is 3 p.m., March 31 in the base theater. Promotees and commanders will be in service dress. Uniform of the day for all other attendees will be uniform of the day or business casual. CPTS delayed opening The 412th Comptroller Squadron will delay opening until 11 a.m.,...
 
 

Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

Have you ever been told you didn’t have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it? I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

Edwards joint maintenance team completes significant JSF propulsion verification event

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy maintainers, DOD employees and Pratt and Whitney contractors work on an F135 engine March 17 as part of a week-long to provide verified tec...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards heroes save coworker’s life

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Left to right: Moses Zamora, Neil Edwards, Robin “Bubba” Hairston, and Derrick Shannon are heavy equipment operators with the 412th Civil Engineer Group who saved the life of their...
 
 

Edwards CAP squadron to host open house

Edwards AFB’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron will host an open house will be held at the Oasis Community Center 6-8 p.m., March 31. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the squadron cadet program demonstrations. Cadets will be sharing their CAP training experience in the following cadet programs: * Aerospace Education including remotely controlled aircraft and...
 
 
pageant

2015 Edwards Royalty crowned

Courtesy photograph The new Edwards Community Queens were crowned March 21 during the 2015 pageant held at the Oasis Community Center. They are (back row from left) Miss (Danika Blake), Teen Miss (Ariana Medina), Junior Miss (H...
 




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>