Story and Photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka began its observance with an inaugural Awareness Fair, April 4.
The fair, held in front of the Navy Exchange and Commissary, was the brainchild of Keisha Moore, Sexual Assault and Response Coordinator for the installation.
“What we decided to do, with regards to awareness, is to have various commands (and organizations), including NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service), the hospital, CSADD (Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions), provide information on various aspects related to sexual assault,” Moore said.“For example, bystander intervention, prevention awareness, male victims, and what NCIS does with regards to the program.”
Other organizations represented were the Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) and Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Office.
According to Moore, sexual assault is a big topic in the military and the main goal is to eradicate sexual assaults.“Until that can happen, prevention, awareness, and education is key to reducing the number of reports within the military,” said Moore.
According to Moore, the awareness fair is also for civilians and family members.
“A lot of the spouses and civilians that are involved with the installation don’t know much about the programs and they don’t know that this program is actually for them,” said Moore. “Putting the information out, so if they or someone they know has been sexually assaulted, they are able to come to (FFSC) or contact their command to get SAPR (Sexual Assault Program Responder) services as well.”
Capt. David Glenister, FLEACT, Yokosuka’s commanding officer, signed a proclamation designating April Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the installation, and praised all involved in sexual assault prevention.
“Thank you very much for everything that you do,” Glenister said. “This is a very serious topic, but also today we’re going to have a little bit of celebratory music and fun because this (awareness fair) is about you and everything you do for the community.”
According to Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet/USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) CSADD, the majority (73%) of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim; (38% by a friend, 28% by an intimate partner, and 7% by a relative).
Navy sexual assault statistics for fiscal year 2012: 89% of sexual assaults were against women and 11% men; 86% of the victims were 24 years or younger in the E1 to E5 pay grades; 44% of sexual assaults occurred on the weekend or off duty hours and 14% of sexual assaults happened in the barracks or quarters.
For more information about sexual assault programs, contact Ms. Moore at 243-7878. To report a sexual assault call 090-8046-5783, 24 hours a day.