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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The elimination of sexual assault and harassment is a year-round priority for the Department of the Army. This year’s theme, “Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army.”, underscores this effort.

 

Every April, the USAG Bavaria community demonstrates its resolve to eliminate sexual assault through National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The U.S. Army observes SAAPM as a collective effort to prevent assaults, support survivors, and encourage expression and condemnation of sexual assault and any retaliation against those who report.

 

“Every Soldier, Army civilian and family member deserves to be and will be treated with dignity and respect,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey wrote in a SAAPM letter to the community last year. “Sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation have no place in our Army and are detrimental to combat readiness.”

 

In January, the Army opened SHARP, its broad sexual assault prevention program, to all Department of the Army civilians and their family members. The Army also created the Special Victims Counsel to provide Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault with confidential legal guidance and representation during all stages of the military justice process.

 

EVENTS:

 

JMRC Awareness Challenge

WHEN:  April 1 – 30
WHERE:  Hohenfels JMRC SHARP Office

Stop by the Hohenfels Fitness Center and choose a fitness route. Complete all routes and compete in the challenge. The Awareness Challenge is open to the entire community. Winners will be recognized at the JMRC recognition ceremony in May. For more, call DSN 520-5691 or 520-5069.

 

“Cup of Prevention” at Java Café

WHEN:  Every Tuesday
WHERE:  Java Cafés, Rose Barracks, Tower Barracks, Hohenfels

Wear a teal ribbon, shirt or jacket on a Tuesday in April and receive 10 percent off a coffee order at any USAG Bavaria Java Café location. For more, call Java Café at DSN 475-2360, CIV 09641-83-2360 for Rose Barracks; DSN 476-3699, CIV 09662-83-3699 for Tower Barracks; DSN 466-2670, 09472-83-2670 for Hohenfels.

 

SHARP 5K Buddy Run

WHEN:  April 12 at 6:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Rose Barracks Exchange Parking Lot

This 5-km run is open to the entire community, including pets and kids. Pre-register at your local fitness center between 6 and 6:30 a.m. The race begins at 6:45 a.m. Awards will be given to the fastest mixed gender buddy team, male buddy team and female buddy team. Unit teams must register by April 11. For more, call DSN 476-8207, CIV 09662-83-8207.

 

Community Chalk Walk

WHEN:  April 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Stryker Inn Dining Facility

 Take a stand against sexual harassment and assault. Write messages on prevention and as a way to offer support.

 

Community SHARP Information Table

WHEN:  April 19 from 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Hohenfels Fitness Center, Bldg. 88

Head over to the Hohenfels Post Gym to ask questions and receive more information on the SHARP program.

 

Sexual Assault Survivor Night

WHEN:  April 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209, Tower Barracks

This event, themed “I am a sexual assault survivor who’s not afraid anymore,” is an open forum. The event features guest speakers and offers light refreshments. Civilian attire only please. For more, call DSN 475-8148, CIV 09641-83-8148.

 

SHARP Annual Training

WHEN: April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209

For more, stop by Bldg. 533, Room 217, Tower Barracks. Register at https://acsbavaria.checkappointments.com.

 

Community SHARP Information Table

WHEN:  April 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Hohenfels Food Court and Exchange

Stop by the Hohenfels Food Court and Exchange during lunch to learn more about the garrison SHARP program.

 

Denim Sale at Tower Barracks Exchange

WHEN:  April 26
WHERE:  Tower Barracks Main Store

Receive 15 percent off select denim clothing in support of National Denim Day April 22 to 23.

 

USAG Bavaria Denim Day

WHEN:  April 26

Denim Day is an internationally-recognized SAAPM event. It encourages people to wear jeans and other denim as an outward expression of support for sexual assault survivors and as a visible protest against the myths and misconceptions surrounding the crime of sexual assault. Check with your chain of command for unit policy on Denim Day. Please note: Some units observe Denim Day on April 27. For more on National Denim Day, visit www.denimdayinfo.org.

 

Community Chalk Walk

WHEN:  April 26 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE:  Ever Vigilant Café, Tower Barracks

Take a stand against sexual harassment and assault. Write messages on prevention and as a way to offer support.

 

Beat the Blame Game: A Unique Perspective

WHEN: April 26 – 27
WHERE: Rose and Tower Barracks, Camp Aachen and Hohenfels

Catharsis Productions presents a unique and informative perspective on sexual assault and harassment. The training that also counts toward phase II of annual SHARP training.

 

SHARP Annual Training

WHEN: April 27 from 9 a.m. – noon and from 1 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Army Community Service, Bldg. 322

For more, stop by Bldg. 533, Room 217, Tower Barracks. Register at https://acsbavaria.checkappointments.com.

 

Assault Self-Defense Course

WHEN:  April 29 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center

Learn the basics of self-defense at one of these courses. The class is only open to adults. Register by April 28 at the Tower Barracks Fitness Center or at www.grafenwoehr.armymwr.com. For more, call DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007.

 

USAG BAVARIA SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT REPORTING & PREVENTION RESOURCES

 

Bavaria 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline

DSN 475-4567, CIV 09641-83-4567

 

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP):  For information, education and training

Tower Barracks, Bldg. 533, Room 217
DSN 475-8149/8148, CIV 09641-83-8149/8148

 

ARMY & DOD SHARP RESOURCES

 

U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention:  Provides training resources, policies and more.

 

USAREUR Hotlines:  List of all 24/7 hotlines in U.S. Army Europe.

 

DoD Safe Helpline:  Toll-free from Europe at DSN 537-7233, CIV 0611-143-537-723.

 

MyDuty.mil:  DoD reporting and intervention options.

 

USAREUR Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program:  Resources for reporting, intervention, and training.

 

I A.M. Strong:  U.S. Army policies, information and training resources for prevention and reporting.

 

Not in My Squad:  Center for the Army Profession and Ethic resources for assessing and building team trust and cohesion.

 

WeCare, Europe:  A new app developed for Soldiers and Families stationed in Europe, to help victims of sexual assault or those who have witnessed harassment or assault. Enables users to access resources with the press of a button. Available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.  

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