Dobbins Airmen run for sexual assault survivors

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  • By Master Sgt. James Branch
  • 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

During their unit physical fitness training, Airmen from the 94th Maintenance Squadron ran a lap for survivors of sexual assault in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month April 13, 2019.

The Department of Defense nationally recognizes SAAPM during the month of April. This year’s theme is "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission."

The “Walk/Run a LAP for Survivors” was one of many events Dobbins members participated in during the month of April. Other events included Teal Tuesday, Denim Day and Bystander Intervention Training by Tandra Hunter, 94th Airlift Wing violence prevention integrator and installation Green Dot Program manager.

“Media coverage and societal awareness of sexual harassment and sexual assault have increased over the past year across social media and other platforms,” said Hunter. This in turn helps to raise awareness, further prevent sexual violence and provide essential support to survivors.”

The primary mission of both the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and the Violence Prevention Office is the prevention of sexual violence, to support the 94th AW mission of providing mission ready forces.

After the run, Airmen received mementos and information to further their knowledge on the prevention of sexual assault.

“An integral responsibility of commanders and supervisors is to enforce Air Force standards to prevent and report sexual violence when it occurs,” said Hunter. “There is no place for sexual assault/harassment, or retaliation in our Air Force. Let’s challenge each and every individual to take time out to raise awareness about sexual assault and educate our communities on how to prevent sexual violence.”