GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —The elimination of sexual assault and harassment is a year-round priority for the Department of the Army.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey underscored this in their letter for the 2016 National Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month: “Every Soldier, Army Civilian and Family member deserves to be and will be treated with dignity and respect. Sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation have no place in our Army and are detrimental to combat readiness.”
Every April, during National Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month, or SAAPM, the Army highlights this commitment and re-energizes its prevention efforts. U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will mark SAAPM with awareness and education events throughout the month.
In Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, SAAPM kicks off with an opening ceremony April 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tower Barracks Main Store. Other events include Chalk the Walk April 28 at the Ever Vigilant Café on Tower Barracks and Denim Day April 29.
In Hohenfels, events include the annual JMRC Awareness Challenge, which runs April 1-30 at the post gym, and JMRC Denim Day and SHARP Stand-down Day on April 28.
Every Tuesday during April, community members can enjoy a “Cup of Prevention” at Java Cafes in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels, receiving 10 percent off their orders when they wear a teal ribbon, shirt or jacket. For more details on all SAAPM events, see the USAG Bavaria Events calendar.
The point of all of these events is not to check a block, said Johnathan Trussell, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for USAG Bavaria, but to get Soldiers and other community members to stop and think about the issue and what they can do.
“Every leader, every Soldier, every community member has a part in solving this problem,” Trussell said. “We all have a part in creating a climate of trust and respect where we live and work, and if something starts to happen, we all need to know how to step in.”
Trussell said that it is critical for all to know that if a sexual assault does occur, Bavaria has a 24/7 confidential hotline. The hotline connects the caller to a SHARP specialist, who will help the victim access care and discuss reporting options.
USAG Bavaria Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and 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 and DoD Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Prevention 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.