The program is currently planning its first Take Back the Night Walk, scheduled for Apr. 29. The goal of the community awareness walk is to shatter the silence and stop the violence.
"We want to eradicate sexual harassment and assault - plain and simple. It is a horrible event that impacts all ranks, rates, genders and races. It has such a negative and life changing impact on victims and their friends, families and shipmates, and it needs to stop," said Shasta.
The Campbells and SASHA also approach training differently. They provide Sailors with honest conversations and video skits based on inappropriate behaviors and actions Sailors may encounter in the real world. Their goal is to open the eyes and minds to those desensitized to sexist and threatening behavior, or unsure of the difference between acceptable and unacceptable conduct, and give them tools to stop it.
"We are having open and honest conversations about how to engage with people, and are teaching our shipmates what acceptable behavior is and what is not," said Michael. "We are drawing a hard line in the sand and showing that inappropriate comments or behaviors are not acceptable or tolerated. It does nothing but erode away at our core values when we allow that type of behavior to go unchecked."
One of SASHA's mentors, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shaun Aragon, agreed with him, adding, "I think a main goal of SASHA is to help change the environment of acceptable behavior. The trainings they provide cover a different modality of learning vice the typical power point presentation, and they bring up scenarios Sailors often run into. I think SASHA has phenomenal impact on the entire command, and it is amazing to be a part of such an impactful group that is helping to make real positive change in the Navy."
During a luncheon with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, SASHA members spoke about their experiences with the program and the impact it has had on them personally, as well as at NHB and regionally.
"I appreciate everything you are doing because it definitely has a profound effect in our Navy," Giordano said during the lunch. "It can only grow and have impact if you never stop the conversation. So, thank you."
Although SASHA's Take Back the Night Walk will close out April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, members want to emphasize that training and focus don't end there. For them, awareness is year-round.
"We are a proactive group working year-round to keep the conversation going," said Shasta. "It is not really an evaluation bullet for those involved, but a network of people reaching out to other commands, hoping our message and motivation will spread, working toward one main goal: ending sexual assaults."