Date: Apr. 17, 2014 - Apr. 18, 2014 All day
Army Community Service (ACS)- Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2891

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. Join Army Community Services (ACS) and Family and MWR and help build awareness by participating in various activities!

Opening Ceremony Apr. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Army and Air Force Commanders will kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event will begin with the signing of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation and commanders will speak regarding what they are doing to end sexual violence in the military. The SHARP/SAPR programs will provide information regarding their programs as will other community agencies with a role in servicing victims of sexual assault. The ceremony will take place at Ramstein KMCC Mall in the food court. For more information, contact Andrew McConnell, DSN 493-4665; Civ. 0631-3406-4665 or Natalie Swindle, DSN 493-4357; Civ. 0631-3406-4357.

Coffee with SHARP Community members are invited to stop by Rhine Ordnance Bks. Java Café on Apr. 11 and Kleber Kaserne Java Café on Apr. 29 from 9-11 a.m. to enjoy coffee provided by the SHARP program. These meetings are suitable for spouses and family members over the age of 18 that are unsure about how the SHARP program can help them in the event of sexual assault. Participants will receive information regarding the SHARP program, reporting options and the differences between sexual harassment and sexual assault.

SHARP Info Table and Photo Booth Apr. 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants are invited to choose a prompt, either "What I Would Have Done Differently" or "My Best Move to End Sexual Violence." Once a prompt has been chosen, they will then be able to complete their sentence in regards to sexual assault or bystander intervention. They will then have the opportunity to be photographed with their prompt and written action. Participants will have the option to complete the photograph anonymously if they choose. The Info Table and Photo Booth will be held at Ramstein KMCC Mall.

"Happy Hour: Comedy with a Twist" April 14 & 15. This program is derived from personal testimony on the dangers of high-risk drinking, suicide and other detriments to resiliency. Bernie offers his own personal testimony of his experiences with alcohol abuse and suicide to help encourage our Soldiers and their families to recognize signs and mitigate risky behaviors. He encourages all of us to remember that reaching out is a sign of courage, not weakness. He believes that resiliency to overcome is within all of us. The comedy tour is sponsored by the Army Substance Abuse Program and is partnered with Army SHARP and Air Force SAPR. The shows are open to all ID cardholders. Various locations (see front).

SHARP Annual Training April 14-25. Multi-unit SHARP/Ready and Resilient Community Training to raise awareness of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. Training is 4 hours long and will be conducted twice a day (Mon-Fri) from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. at Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 236. This training will count for SHARP Annual Training Requirements that will be coordinated at events. For any questions, please contact Carmen Leggett at 493-2550 or 0631-3406-2550.

Denim Day Apr. 18. Participants are invited to wear jeans on this day to silently protest the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Denim Day was started after 1999 when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault. The justices stated that the victim would have had to help her attackers remove her jeans and therefore had given consent. This caused outrage throughout the world. Wearing jeans on the anniversary of Denim Day has become the symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes toward sexual violence.

Self-Defense Classes April 3 & 19, various times. Classes are held in the Basement Annex of Ramstein Southside Gym and are taught by Mike Grimes. Space is limited to 12 participants per session. Classes are free to the public, ages 18 and older. To sign up, please contact the Ramstein AB SAPR Program at 480-7272 or e-mail

Claire Russo Small Groups Discussions April 10. A survivor of military sexual assault, Claire Russo, is coming to Ramstein to discuss her experiences after the assault occurred and to offer any suggestions for commanders and peers on what to do when they know an incident has occurred. She shares her story of resiliency and encourages honest and appropriate feedback within small groups discussions. Discussions meet at Ramstein North Side Chapel. Space is very limited. Please contact the Ramstein AB SAPR Program at 480-7272 or e-mail for more information.

7th CSC SHARP Training Event April 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. SHARP Annual Training will include speakers from CID, SANE, Special Victims Prosecutor and JAG. All ID cardholders, including Air Force personnel, are welcome to attend. This event will take place at Ramstein KMCC Mall. For more information, please contact SSG Carmen Oxendine at

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