By Pfc. Antuan Rofe, 1st Heavy Training Brigade Combat Team PAOApril 16, 2007
CAMP CASEY, Korea - Soldiers of the 210th Fires Brigade participated in a prevention of sexual assault and harassment rally at the Camp Casey Main Gate April 7.
"We're out here handing out flyers, cards and bumper stickers to help prevent sexual assault and get the word out," said Spc. Anthony Hannasch, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Fires Brigade.
The rally lasted several hours, and the volunteers stopped Soldiers entering and leaving post to inform them about the effects of having an incident of sexual assault within their unit.
"We are out here because April is sexual assault prevention month and we want to help prevent it," said Sgt. 1st Class Cleveland Bryant, the unit victim advocate for HHB, 210th Fires Brigade. "If you have sexual assault in your ranks, then you have problems, and this type of thing (the rally) builds morale."
The Soldiers posted cardboard silhouettes of Soldiers with text that tells the history and facts about the nine victims of sexual assault on Camp Casey during the year. There were also posters and banners to help people understand that the prevention of sexual assault is paramount. Soldiers posted a "Prevention of Sexual Assault Support" board in which many people signed to show their support for the cause.
During the rally, there were several different types of prizes, such as meals at one of the on-post restaurants, given away to passers-by who could answer a few simple questions about sexual assault and its prevention. There was also free barbecued hot dogs and kool-aid provided to all who stopped by.
All of the Soldiers that volunteered to help get the word out about sexual assault prevention had a good time, Bryant said. They got to spread the word while listening to music and chowing down on free hot dogs and all for a good cause.
"Everytime something like this is going on I don't mind helping out. Anything to help get the word out," Hannasch said.