Members of the Fort Jackson community showed their solidarity for Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month by participating in a 5K fun run April 8.
The run was part of the installation's Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate's reverse triathlon.
"This is the 13th year the Department of Defense has listed this month of April to be the month we take a deep dive and look at sexual assault and sexual harassment," said Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian, Fort Jackson's senior enlisted leader.
Christian called on participants running in the event to "think about some of those things we want to eliminate in our Army like sexual harassment, sexual assault, hazing -- all of those things. It is important we take those things in to consideration, not just in April, but the entire year.
"This is something we don't want in our Army," he added. "It is a problem, and an enemy, in our Army, in our community, and sometimes even in our homes."
We are out there sounding strong "because we are united," said Col. John B. McShane, the Soldier Support Institute's deputy commander. "What it takes to prevent sexual harassment and assault is that we are united and makes sure that it doesn't happen in our Army. It doesn't happen in our battalion and it doesn't happen in our unit or to any of our battle buddies."
After the 5K run participants in the triathlon rode off on their bicycles before arriving back at Knight Pool for the swim portion of the event. Attendees could also just participate only in the cycling and swimming portions if they desired.