Soldiers from Fort Benning gathered to participate in the first annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Strikeout softball tournament at Fort Benning, Ga., April 27.
The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Command Group, CG All-Stars Softball Team and the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment competed in friendly competition in support of the program, which was held at Gowdy Field.
Fort Benning Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Coordinator, US 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 whole community needs to hear.
“Prevention starts with you, and it never ends. It’s a growing element that evolves with social needs,” Brown-Horne explained. “The object of prevention is to prevent something from happening and for that to happen, there must be an act or actions. These actions must be consistent with the fair treatment of others. Treating others in this way will end the occurrence of sexual misconduct, which asserts that prevention is key to eliminating sexual assault within our force.
As a victim advocate for the US Army’s 75h Ranger Regiment, Charlotte Santana is thrilled that her team is participating in the event which has added meaning for her.
“Prevention is the cornerstone of SHARP,” Santana said. “We all have to take ownership of being the first to say, ‘I’m in charge of prevention’, Rangers are leading the way,” Santana said.
For more information on the U.S. Army SHARP program, visit https://www.armyresilience.army.mil/sharp/.
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