Awareness enables better understanding of sexual assault

Military Sexual Assault

Awareness enables better understanding of sexual assault, help available 24/7

Source: Awareness enables better understanding of sexual assault, help available 24/7

Fort Campbell’s Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention teams work collectively to educate Soldiers and civilians about sexual assault daily. During April, the teams plan special events and competition as Fort Campbell observes the National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Engaging activities that are both fun and competitive provide us a way to bring awareness about the crime while also educating our population on the procedures, steps and laws in place to protect victims,” said Staff Sgt. Concepcion Class Ballejo, lead Sexual Assault Victim Advocate at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

Class Ballejo helped plan and lead sexual assault prevention special activities for hospital personnel. Class Ballejo received 13 entries for the hospital-wide essay contest with the deadline for submission ending Monday, April 11. Shirley McGowan, who works in the Department of Behavioral Health, won the essay contest. Staff members were encouraged to write up to a 1,500 word essay on what their personal role is in preventing sexual assault and how sexual assault affects the organization.

The hospital’s Alpha Company with the Warrior Transition Battalion won this year’s poster contest. Four departments joined in to support this year’s themed posters, showing their encouragement to stand against sexual assault and victim blaming. The annual Walk to Reflect event took place April 19 to provide an opportunity for hospital personnel to support victims of sexual assault and inform the community why sexual assault awareness is important.

In addition to supporting hospital led prevention efforts, hospital personnel are encouraged to participate in post-wide sexual assault prevention activities. Many personnel across the installation will be wearing jeans for a purpose, supporting survivors of sexual assault on “Denim Day” April 27. Read More


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