Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2022
Every year, the Navy participates in Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) during April with awareness-raising events, command-sponsored activities to engage Sailors in prevention and active intervention strategies, and trainings that provide tools and actionable skills to Service members, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, contractors, and family members.
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is joining other Navy components and services to observe SAAPM with a variety of activities and events at installations across the enterprise. Although sexual assault prevention is a year-round effort, SAAPM offers additional opportunities for members of the DoD community to renew our commitment to eliminating sexual assault from our ranks. Every Sailor, civilian, and family member has a role in preventing sexual assault. Understanding how to recognize opportunities for intervention is vital to stopping unsafe behavior, to include retaliation. Each day we can take steps to foster a culture of dignity and respect with proper ethical behavior, even when no one is watching.
Respect. Protect. Empower.
We continue to use our Call to Action, “Respect. Protect. Empower.,” coupled with the 21st Century Sailor Signature Behaviors to illustrate specific actions we can all take to keep one another safe and engage in sexual assault prevention.
- At all times, we commit to treating others with Respect.
- Protect one another from harm through active intervention.
- Empower those around you to speak up or intervene.
Respect is an integral part of healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and our communities, and some of the best modeling occurs in the spaces where we live, work, and play. When members of our family or community need help, we feel a great sense of duty to support and help them navigate life’s difficulties. So, we call upon Sailors, families, and communities to protect one another by looking out for signs of unhealthy relationships, whether living on or off base. Protecting one another also includes actively intervening or enlisting the support of your command or the local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to prevent harm.
Finally, we can all empower one another by providing non-judgmental support and referrals to those seeking advocacy, mentorship, and other services. As a Navy family, we can generate powerful change that benefits us all.
Ways to Get Involved
There are many ways that you can get involved in SAAPM and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program. At each Navy installation, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is the central point of contact (POC) for SAAPM events and activities. Your installation SARC can provide you with information on SAAPM events and volunteer opportunities. You can find contact information for your installation SARC by checking your local installation website, or by checking the Plan of the Week or Plan of the Day.
Commands have multiple opportunities to participate during SAAPM and should consult with their SARCs to ensure that April efforts are a part of a larger, holistic year-round SAPR marketing and outreach plan.
Approved graphics as well as the CNIC SAPR Prevention and Outreach Toolkit can be found here: https://www.navymwr.org/resources/marketing/sapr/sapr22