April events planned for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials will host a series of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month activities in April to raise knowledge during the month-long campaign.

The national theme for this year is “Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate.”

“The theme is a call to action for individuals at all levels of the Department of Defense to use their personal strength to advance positive change in preventing sexual violence,” said Rachel Desharnais, installation sexual assault victim advocate.

According to Desharnais, sexual assault is a problem that affects not only the military, but society at large. She hopes that the events planned this month will increase prevention and knowledge throughout the Hanscom community.

“By raising awareness about sexual assault and providing resources to victims, we create a safer and more supportive environment for all members of our community,” she said.

Everyone with base access is invited to attend workshops co-hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention Response Office, Integrated Prevention and Resiliency Office, and the American Red Cross.

A “Coping with Change Resiliency Workshop" will take place April 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Minuteman Commons.

“This session will seek to provide all members of the community here with effective coping skills for building resilience with specific considerations around common transitions within military service,” said Desharnais.

Officials will also host a “Creating Calmness Reconnection Workshop" April 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Minuteman Commons.

“During this workshop, attendees will learn techniques to use communication skills, stress reduction exercises and relaxation tools to bring calmness and well-being during times of high stress,” said Desharnais.

SAPR officials will end the month with the 9th annual SAAPM free bowling event at Hanscom Lanes April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is open to all with base access.

To learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, visit https://www.sapr.mil/saapm.