Runners at NSF Indian Head (above) start the 5K run/walk sponsored by NSASP to increase awareness of the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program on April 25. The SAPR 5K run/walk at NSF Dahlgren drew close to 80 participants. One component of the SAPR program is victim advocacy and intervention. Currently, NSASP has 22 victim advocates to respond to a victim of sexual assault. Advocates are trained to provide information and services to individuals including accompanying them to the hospital and navigating them through the investigative and legal process. Thirteen of our amazing advocates, including the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), participated or assisted in this event. They included FC2 Chesonis, SSGT Babauta, FC1 Rowlands, FC1 Wright, FC1 Loftin, IT1 Pastuna, YNC Cunningham, MA1 Wood, CS1 Mills, FC1 Wiggins, FCC Rosa, FC1 Scheier, FCC Dillenschneider and SARC, Gloria Arteaga.
It is the Secretary of the Navy's goal to ultimately eliminate sexual assault from the force. Until that time, let's make it everyone's mission to ensure that all victims of sexual assault be treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity. A special thank you to all of you for your support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.