FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Throughout the month of April, Soldiers and Civilians of the 311th Signal Command (Theater)’s Pacific Signal-Cyber Team led numerous events in observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
"This month went viral, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to honor our survivors and walk beside them as they heal," said Alyxandria Paslay, a Victim Advocate for the 516th Signal Brigade.
Organizations across the Indo-Pacific region assigned to the 311th SC (T) hosted SAAPM events in alignment with this year’s theme of Building Cohesive Teams through Character, Trust and Resilience.
These events included a 24-hour run/walk challenge, weekly Monday PX pop-up tables and jeopardy games, Facebook live teal talks, teal boot displays, scavenger hunts, escape room group activities, a bowling competition, a brigade teal run, a mentorship session with ROTC students, denim day observances, a Sisters in Arms bystander skit and discussion, a proclamation signing, and finally a SHARP newcomers hike.
According to Paslay, the teal boot displays provided an important visual connection towards victim support and advocacy across the command.
“The teal boot displays are meant to honor sexual assault survivors in our formations. These victims stand with us, alongside us performing the mission each and every day, but they carry a silent burden,” Paslay said. “With these displays across our battalions, we salute these soldiers and pledge to traverse this path with them as protectors and gatekeepers.”
“Your SHARP team has an extremely supportive command team and an excellent crew of front line battalion victim advocates and SWAT team members,” said Paslay. "Together we will take this momentum and continue the conversation about culture change and stamping out sexual harassment and assault in our Army."
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