Ramstein Air Base observes Sexual Assault Awareness/Prevention Month

by Staff Sgt. S. James Ellis
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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Commanders across the Kaiserslautern Military Community are banding together to commit to prevention and awareness of sexual assault during the month of April.

Administratively adopted by President Barack Obama in 2009, Sexual Assault Awareness Month exists to educate the public about definitions of sexual assault and resources for those who have suffered from it. Alongside raising systemic awareness, addressing and quelling the stigma that surrounds victims of sexual assault is also a primary objective.

These are just some of the topics that generals, to include Brigadier General Richard G. Moore, 86th Airlift Wing Commander, and their equivalents in the enlisted and civilian spheres will manifest via a proclamation at a leadership breakfast on April 12.

The following week on April 20, the Ramstein Sexual Assault Prevention & Response office and its victim’s advocates will host the C.L.E.A.R. Challenge: celebrating courage, leadership, education, advocacy, and respect. The Challenge is open to all Department of Defense ID card holders and will be at Ramstein’s Southside Fitness Center. Teams of six will compete in several timed challenges and obstacles meant to symbolize and reflect on the effects of sexual assault and alcohol abuse.

Finally, on April 27, the Army will host a Fun Run open to all DoD card holders on Rhine Ordinance Barracks in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. General Moore has authorized teal undershirts, the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to be worn under the uniform of the day on April 27 as well.

The Ramstein Sexual Assault Response Coordinator can be reached at any time at DSN 480-7272 or from a commercial line at +49 (0)637-147-7272.