“Risk Reduction and Sexual Assault… It’s everybody’s business”
July 7, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Risk Reduction Program is a part of the Army Substance Abuse Program. The coordinators work along with subject matter experts and commanders to identify high risk behaviors within the unit. The program tracks 14 areas of high risk behaviors. Once identified through provided data, resources are provided to commanders to assist in eliminating those behaviors through prevention education and/or counseling efforts. One of the areas is “Crimes against Persons," and Soldier sexual assaults are captured in this data. The definition of measure is: the number of crimes against persons charged to Soldiers of this reporting unit. These include, but are not limited to, simple assault, aggravated assault, murder, robbery, concealed weapons, kidnapping, harassment and threats, sodomy, rape, indecent assault, adultery and forgery.
Studies indicate that about half of all U.S. sexual assaults involve the use of alcohol or prescribed medication by the offender, the victim or both. However there are ways to significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim due to alcohol consumption.
• Know your level of alcohol intake
• Trust the people you hang out with after duty hours
• Always trust your instincts
• Remain sober at all costs
•Don’t leave a bar/party with a stranger
Engaging in high-risk behaviors dramatically increase your chances of becoming a sexual assault victim.
Do not purchase or use illicit drugs, drink alcohol to excess, accept or offer rides to those with whom you are not well acquainted.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) is the center of gravity for Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault.
If you have been a victim of a sexual assault or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault help is available.
Please the call the 24 hour Victim Advocate at 912-767-3032, Fort Stewart or 912-315-5343, HAAF for assistance.
If you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol and need to contact someone in ASAP call 912-767-5258, Fort Stewart or 912-315-6340, HAAF.