Proclamations to raise awareness
April 2, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- What do quilts, denim and your support have to do with child abuse and sexual assault?
Plenty, as was explained at this year's Child Abuse Prevention Month, or CAPM, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or SAAM, proclamation signing, here, Friday.
The proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month, with its theme of "It's no secret … everyone can help. Keep Army children safe and healthy," encourages community support and participation.
The truth is, child abuse happens and has a profound effect on its victims. It affects the child, the family, the Soldier, the community and the mission.
Child abuse must stop.
"Our children cannot speak up for themselves. We must be their voice," said Deidra Saina, military spouse.
The second proclamation designates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. The signing is aligned with the Department of the Army's "I A.M. Strong" prevention campaign, and supports the month's theme, "Achieving cultural change through dignity and respect. I am the force behind the fight."
Following the reading of both proclamations, Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI, signed both proclamations and reaffirmed the installation's awareness, support and prevention of child abuse and sexual assaults.
Following up on last year's successful use of CAPM quilts in building awareness, this year's ceremony included an unveiling of the SAAM quilt handmade by ACS volunteer Ana Despault.
The quilt, made of denim and decorated by community members, honors survivors of sexual assault.
"It must be understood that reaching for help is not confessing weakness," said Summer Rosa-Mullen, Family Advocacy Program, Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, USAG-HI. "When you ask for help, you are announcing to the world that you are a survivor and that, with the right resources, there is nothing that you cannot overcome."
Family Advocacy Program
•Call the FAP at 655-0669 to learn how you can help prevent child abuse and sexual assault.
•To report a sexual assault, call the 24/7 Safeline hotline at 624-SAFE (7233).