By Deborah Ince, APG NewsApril 11, 2014
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Sexual harassment and assault will not be tolerated at Aberdeen Proving Ground--that's the message that members of Team APG sent April 3 during the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Run (SAAM).
Held at APG South (Edgewood) CAPA Field, the U.S. Army Sexual Harassment and Awareness Response Prevention program (SHARP)-sponsored run initiated the APG SAAM 2014 campaign and emphasized Team APG's mission to prevent and combat sexual harassment and sexual assault.
More than 200 individuals participated in the 5K run/walk event, all sporting teal SHARP /SAAM T-shirts and teal ribbons.
After the race, participants signed the APG SAAM proclamation board, pledging to band together to intervene and act when presented with sexual harassment and sexual assault issues and to motivate others to do the same. Participants also formed a large human ribbon and gathered for a Team APG photo.
The 2014 SAAM theme is "Speak Up! A Voice Unheard is an Army Defeated," which is designed to strengthen the collective moral and ethical commitment, in keeping with the Army Values and the Warrior Ethos, to show respect and dignity for every Soldier, Department of the Army Civilian, Family member, and the nation.
By taking part in SAAM activities, the Army demonstrates its commitment to build and improve the positive climate necessary to prevent the crime of sexual assault and reaffirm the Army?'s reputation as a mission-ready, values-based organization.
For more information about SAAM visit http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/