By Lisa Charles, SHARP Program Manager, U.S. Army-HawaiiApril 17, 2015
Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month, or SAAPM, is in full swing
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- U.S. Army-Hawaii's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) is in full swing following a proclamation signing, earlier this month, at the USARHAW SHARP Resource Center engaging Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and family members alike with SHARP events throughout Hawaii, both on and off the installation.
This year's DOD theme is "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part, Do Your Part."
The Army's separate theme is "Not in my squad. Not in our Army. We are trusted professionals."
In an effort to capture the spirit of the SAAPM themes, USARHAW's SHARP team has taken the initiative to provide a multitude of opportunities to educate, train and be present for the USARHAW community.
•Every Tuesday, DA civilians and family members are encouraged to wear teal-colored clothing in support of "Teal Tuesdays," a USARHAW initiative bringing awareness to sexual assault.
•Additionally, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii has an April photo challenge, encouraging everyone to visit various locations throughout USARHAW and post a photo of the visit on USAG-HI's Facebook page.
•On April 15, 18th MEDCOM hosted a "Take Back the Night" family event at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Community Center with various support agencies hosting informational booths and other family events.
•On April 23, there will be two 3-on-3 basketball tournaments at the Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks fitness centers, and on April 29, the USARHAW community is invited to participate in International Denim Day.
•Also, April 29, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's SHARP team is hosting a large information fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Schofield's Nehelani. Many supporting agencies will be available to provide information on the services they provide. This will be followed immediately by an open microphone event where participants can express themselves using poetry.
The USARHAW SHARP team has worked diligently all year to prepare for SAAPM, and the team's hard work should not go unnoticed. Please take the time to attend as many SAAPM events as possible to show your support and educate yourself about SHARP.
You can be a part of the solution in eliminating sexual assault by knowing and doing your part.