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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate.” This is a call to action for individuals at all levels of the Department to use their personal strength to bolster prevention, increase reporting, and promote advocacy for a safer DOD Community. 

The Military Health System and Defense Health Agency support these efforts and are also in a unique position of providing critical care to those who experience sexual violence.  As we observe SAAPM this year, it’s a great opportunity for individuals within the MHS and DHA to highlight actions in support of prevention, reporting and advocacy, while also amplifying the key resources available throughout the Department and within the MHS for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma. 

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Suggested Social Media Message: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This month, members of the military community are encouraged to enact the 2022 SAAPM theme: STEP FORWARD. Prevent. Report. Advocate. This is a call to action for individuals at all levels of the DOD to use their personal strength to advance positive change in preventing and reporting sexual violence. We ask that you join us in taking a #StepForward by highlighting acts that bolster prevention, increase reporting, and promote advocacy for a safer DOD community. #SAAPM #SexualAssault #PreventAssault #TreatmentCanHelp #StepForward https://www.sapr.mil/


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Suggested Social Media Message: If you have experienced sexual assault, help is available. Contact the DOD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 to receive anonymous and confidential support and obtain information on your reporting options. #SAAPM #SexualAssault #PreventAssault  #StepForward https://safehelpline.org/


Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Suggested Social Media Message: All members of the military community deserve to work and live in a respectful, inclusive environment while serving our nation. Anyone can experience sexual assault or hazing that crosses the line. It takes courage for anyone to report sexual assault. Learn more at the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Men’s SAPR Campaign site: https://www.sapr.mil/mens-sapr-campaign  #SAAPM #SexualAssault #PreventAssault #TreatmentCanHelp #StepForward


Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Suggested Social Media Message: It takes courage for anyone to report a sexual assault. Be there to help someone and you can make a real difference. www.safehelpline.org, 877-995-5247 #SAAPM #SexualAssault #PreventAssault #TreatmentCanHelp #StepForward


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