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Officials Work to End Sexual Assault

An article on The Signal about Fort Gordon’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Command Program and 1in6’s participation.

Officials work to end sexual assault
By Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office
May 1st, 2015

Fort Gordon held its annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month command program inAlexander Hall on Tuesday, wrapping up a monthlong series of events aimed at bringing awareness to the issue.

This year’s theme, “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part,” was stressed throughout the program with remarks from guest speakers, and several skits performed by military and civilian personnel.

The program also featured music by the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band, whose guitarists replaced one of their regular guitar strings with a teal colored string. The color teal serves as a symbol of support for sexual assault victims.

 Julia Armstrong, the installation sexual assault response coordinator, opened the program by challenging the community to speak up when they see or sense something is not right. She acknowledged it takes courage for both witnesses and victims to take that first step.

“It takes someone brave to report something they have witnessed, knowing that others may be angry, or even retaliate against them,” Armstrong said. “And brave are the victims, who many times are so incredibly afraid to come forward and tell anyone they have been violated.”

Guest speakers from 1in6 Inc. shed light on a misconception that men rarely become victims of sexual assault. Studies conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicate an estimated one in sex men have experienced sexual assault by age 18.

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