Soldiers from Fort Benning came together to compete in the first annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Strikeout Softball Tournament at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 27.
The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence command group, the CG’s All-Stars softball team, and the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment competed in a friendly competition to support the program, held at Gowdy Field.
Fort Benning’s Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Response Coordinator, U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Kizzie Brown-Horne with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade said this year’s theme is prevention, a message the entire community needs to hear.
“Prevention starts with you, and it never ends. It’s a growing element that shifts with social needs,” explained Brown-Horne. “The object of prevention is to stop something from happening, and, for this to occur, it requires an act or actions. These actions must be in accordance with the fair treatment of others. Treating others in this manner will halt the occurrence of sexual misconduct, which affirms that prevention is key to eliminating sexual assault within our force.”
As the U.S. Army 75h Ranger Regiment Victim Advocate, Charlotte Santana is excited for her team to be participating in the event had an extra meaning to her.
“Prevention is the cornerstone of SHARP,” said Santana. “We all have to take ownership of being the first to say, 'I am responsible for prevention,' Rangers lead the way.”
For more information about the U.S. Army SHARP Program, visit https://www.armyresilience.army.mil/sharp/.
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