As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month approaches for the month of April, the sexual assault response coordinator for the Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment discusses ways to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Sgt. 1st Class Rocky Bounds, schools non-commissioned officer and SARC, FA Squadron, 2CR spoke about the importance of spreading awareness about sexual harassment and sexual assault and ensuring that all Soldiers are able to recognize and prevent these crimes from happening.
"I just want people to be aware and have knowledge of what sexual assault and sexual harassment is" said Bounds. "I think when Soldiers have a basic knowledge of what sexual assault and sexual harassment looks like it will allow them to recognize it and prevent it."
According to the Department of Defense, "Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature."
The DoD describes sexual assault as "Intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent."
As part of the squadron's Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention program, Bounds' focus is geared towards prevention from the lowest level and up.
"Soldiers should not be a bystander and watch something happen," said Bounds. "Recognize it and intervene. Step in and be a friend to your battle buddy. Do it before it is too late."
He also wants Soldiers in the squadron to know that help and resources are available to them at any time. The SHARP hotline number for U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is 09641-83-4567. The number for the 2CR SARC and victim advocate is 0173-184-7060.
"We can get a call any time of the day or night, seven days a week," said Bounds. "If someone needs us we are there for them."
There are several events occurring in April in support of SAAPM. Bounds highlighted the 2CR 5k Battle Buddy Run on April 19, 2019 at 6:30 A.M., which includes a speech from guest speaker Sharon Adams, and Denim Day on April 24, 2019.