SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), an occasion recognized across the country.
This year, U.S. Army Hawaii is encouraging its community to adhere to the Department of Defense theme and "Eliminate Sexual Assault-Know Your Part, Do Your Part!"
Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii and commander of the 25th Infantry Division, delivered a keynote speech and signed a proclamation declaring April to be SAAPM at the USARHAW Sexual Harassment Awareness Resistance and Prevention (SHARP) Resource Center, March 1.
"Sexual assault is a threat to the Army's core values," Flynn said. "Soldiers are not the only victims; the community is also a victim."
He praised the efforts put forth by the Army's commanders and command sergeants major to address this issue, saying that the strides the Army has made could not have been done without their proactive involvement.
As the Army continues to do its part to eliminate sexual assault, the community will feel safer, said Flynn.
"Our actions will speak loudest," Flynn added, "by doing our part to take a stand and prevent sexual assault and help those in our formations that are affected by these terrible actions when they occur."
Flynn also praised the efforts of the USARHAW SHARP team in maintaining awareness of the issue within the USARHAW community.
Lisa Charles, USARHAW SHARP program manager, encouraged the community to participate in as many SAAPM events as possible.
"Even if (you) may not know much about the issue, yet, come out and learn about it," she said.
-- SAAPM Events in Hawaii
The following take place in April:
•Tuesdays, civilians and family members are encouraged to wear teal clothing throughout April.
•Ongoing, the USAG-HI 30-day photo challenge is designed to get the community to spread the message of sexual assault awareness and prevention.
•Ongoing, the 9th Mission Support Command Poster Challenge encourages individuals to create a SHARP poster. The winner will be announced on April 25.