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Eliminate sexual assault: Know your part, do your part

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In 2012, one in six Air Force members reported being sexually assaulted. In 2014 one in three members assaulted reported it.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is here, how will you make a difference?

"Our Air Force population desires to be part of the solution and knows sexual assault is a problem," said Jeanine Arnold, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. "And most people understand that we are all part of the solution and want to make a difference."

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office has several events for the month, including the SAAPM run/walk partnered with the Wing Warfit and a run/walk at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. There will be free T-shirts to those who participate and at the end of each walk there will be a NO MORE Campaign banner to sign and take photos with.

Teal SAAPM morale shirts will be handed out to active duty and civilians to wear on Fridays to show support of the survivors and commitment to prevention. Teal is the international color for sexual assault awareness.

There will also be a traveling memorial display including 234 flags representing the number of sexual assault victims on Team Pete within the last six years. With the display there will be life-size silent witnesses with survivors' stories on getting through sexual assault. Parent discretion is advised for the statements.

Want to write your own statement against sexual violence? Submit a 500-700 word essay on how you "Know your part. Do your part." Once you explain how sexual violence affects you and how you can help prevent it, submit your essay to the 21 SW/CVK workflow at 21sw.cvk.wf@us.af.mil by April 15. The winner will be published in the Space Observer and the top five entries will be featured on the Peterson AFB's Facebook page.

If you would like to learn more, there will be a SAAPM information table the entire month at the Peterson AFB Base Exchange Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  There will also be free SAPR merchandise and a drawing to win a fleece SAPR blanket.

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