Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: ‘Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate!’

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  • By Suerjee Lee
  • Joint Base San Antonio Navy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, or SAAPM, which is designed to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s theme is “Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate!”

Joint Base San Antonio will also take part in recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, as local sexual assault response programs have planned a variety of events to highlight awareness, sexual assault impact, support for survivors and prevention of sexual assault. 

Teal is the color representing Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All JBSA locations will have teal ribbons and flags or special teal lighting to demonstrate support to those JBSA survivors recovering from sexual assault.

Sexual assault awareness information will be distributed at various locations throughout April. Staff will share info about sexual assault realities, victim services and prevention tips.

Both programs provide support, resources and crisis prevention for members of our military community who have experienced sexual assault. These resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their services are confidential, anonymous and secure.

To report a sexual assault, call the JBSA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Hotline at 210-808-0110 or the Department of Defense Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.

Joint Base San Antonio Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month events for April include:

Support Survivors: Teal tree displays

Teal trees will be displayed in common areas around JBSA to help bring awareness to how many people are impacted by sexual violence.

Anyone impacted by sexual violence can display a ribbon to show support, awareness, and solidarity. Please write a name, inspirational quote, or reason for why you support those affected by sexual violence.

Ribbons are available at each Teal Tree Location or can be coordinated for drop off with your location’s SARC. For more information, call the JBSA SHARP/SAPR team at 210-652-4386

SAAPM Awareness table display/free awareness items

Swing by the information tables and grab some awareness swags, information and find out about resources.

  • Brooke Army Medical Center: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays throughout April
  • JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Patch Shoppette: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 15
  • JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Student Activity Center: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 29
  • JBSA-Lackland Mini Shoppette (training side): 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 7,14,21,29
  • JBSA-Randolph Exchange: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 22 and 29