By Intern Lee, Jo-eunApril 10, 2017
The Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention First Responder Fair took place at Camp Walker Kelly Fitness Center on Apr. 4 from 1300 to 1700. They prepared a fun-filled educational program centered around Sexual Harassment Assault prevention and intervention.
"This fair is for all of our first responders, everybody who can help and be victims," said Sergeant First Class Samuel Schroeder, 36th Signal Battalion sexual assault response coordinators. "We are here to teach people how to be safe and what they can do if something happens, we are here. Fire departments also participate because they can help if people need medical assistance."
Many SHARP personnel came to the First Responder Fair such as Army Community Service Family Advocacy, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, National Fire Protection Association and 403d Army Field Support Brigade Sexual Assault Response Coordinators.
"Family Advocacy Program includes a lot of different types of services to support families in the military," said Fred Byeon, Army Community Service Domestic Violence victim advocate. "Individual counseling, child and marriage counseling is part of our job. April is Military Child Appreciation Month. So there will be more events for military families. For example, the Family Advocate Program works really hard to stop child abuse and violence. We are glad to participate this fair!"
"I am happy to be invited and be with lots of Soldiers who are interested in such an event and activity!" said Debra Robinson, 403d AFSB Victim Advocate. "So they said they will continue to participate in SHARP. Hearing this cheers me up."
Each booth had various SHARP related items such as coloring books, information pamphlets, tumblers, and earphones for their guests. Some booth had special events. Army Substance Abuse Program prepared googles that help simulate being drunk to promote Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month.
"Thanks to this fair, I can easily understand about SHARP," said Shin, Hyo-ju, Public Affair Office intern. "Playing darts, basketball, and using the checklist encourage people to be interested in SHARP!"
The Area IV SHARP program is trying to help our ARMY step any assault and harassment.
"We want people to be aware of importance of saying 'STOP'," said Schroeder.