PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Capt. Irna May Connor, Air Force sexual assault response coordinator at the Presidio of Monterey, wanted service members to reflect upon the purpose and meaning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is observed nationally throughout April.

So why not begin the installation's month-long program of SAAM events with a contest'

"Design a T-shirt that promotes sexual assault prevention and awareness," were the words Connor posted at a utility table which she placed near the entrance to the Presidio's Combs Dining Facility at lunchtime on April 2. Service members who passed by couldn't help noticing that the table was laden with marker pens and stacks of blank paper layout sheets. Connor had arranged for the layout sheets to be cut in the size and shape of an extra-large T-shirt.

Some service members who paused on their way to lunch seemed to know exactly what should appear on a T-shirt that promotes sexual assault prevention and awareness. Others needed time to collect their thoughts.

Connor asked participants to sign their work and told them that selecting a winning entry would come later in the month. As she gathered up the designs, she said that a contest judge would probably want to look at them displayed alongside each other, probably hanging from a clothesline.

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