CAMP HENRY, South Korea (April 3, 2014)-- The 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command "Team 19," kicked off with a prayer luncheon in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 1, at Henry's Place, here.

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.

Sexual assault is a problem for our military which will require sustained and steadfast team effort to eradicate. It breaks the bond of trust among soldiers that are essential to the mission, degrades mission readiness by harming the victim and the unit's ability to work effectively as a team.

The SAAM campaign includes a greater focus on prevention of sexual attack, standing with the survivors, coming together to break the silence and root out all types of sexual violence in our formations.

The 19th ESC Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program manager, Master Sgt. Doris D. Anderson, said the Area IV SHARP specialists are all about educating the SHARP program and SAAM is the perfect time to coordinate different events within the community and continue to achieve culture change.

"We have a total of 67 SHARP specialists trained and ready to render any information, instruct and educate [during] SHARP Stand Down Day, during small group discussions, just to name a few," said Anderson.

Numerous soldiers from the within Team 19 attended the prayer luncheon and Pfc. Edreka L. Keith, a cargo specialist, 501st Sustainment Brigade 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, came all the way from Camp Carroll to engage in today's event.

"The SAAM observance shows that they care for the victims and want to help as a one big family," said Keith.

At the conclusion of the observance, the commander of the 19th ESC, Brig. Gen. Farmen expressed his support for the prevention of sexual assault and harassment in the Army.

"There is a cancer in our Army, which is sexual assault. Eradicating in each of each rank is necessary and should treat others with dignity and respect," said Farmen. "I will do everything as a leader to get that climate."

Special events and educational programs are promoted by the 19th ESC SHARP team in order to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violations.

Team 19 will host bracelet parties, basketball tournaments, SHARP warrior board and denim day for soldiers to participate in throughout the month of April.

Sexual harassment and sexual assaults violate Army core values, the Warrior Ethos, and the nation's trust in the leader. SAAM is an opportunity to highlight the corrosive effect sexual assault has on soldiers, unit readiness, team cohesion, command climate and trust.

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