GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Sailors and civilian personnel at Training Support Center (TSC), Great Lakes, completed a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Standdown June 27.
The training was conducted to comply with NAVADMIN 156/13 and NAVADMIN 158/13 that mandates all military service members and Department of Defense (DoD) employees must complete command-SAPR training.
The goal of SAPR training is to reemphasize the Navy's zero tolerance policy regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment, as well as review the types of reporting and services available to the victims of these crimes.
The command triad, Capt. Henry "Hank" Roux Jr., commanding officer, TSC; Cmdr. Olivia Bethea, executive officer, TSC; and Master Chief Gunner's Mate Phillip (EXW/SW), acting command master chief, TSC, led Sailors and civilians in two hours of focused facilitated instruction on SAPR principles and the importance of fostering a climate of dignity and respect in the workplace.
More than 3,600 students and staff were trained in the 90-minute sessions over a period of five days.
"This has given us another opportunity to look all the students and staff in the eyes and make sure that's there no doubt how we feel about sexual assault here at TSC," said Roux. "The goal of TSC is to continue the drumbeat that we've already established. Clearly at TSC, sexual assault awareness is not a one-day, one-month evolution, it's a year-round evolution. This gave us another opportunity to reinforce the values that we've already established."
Having the sessions led by the command triad rather than by instructors helped to reinforce with the staff exactly how the command triad feels about sexual assault.
"That's what the biggest difference was with this stand-down - by having us three up there in front of the staff teaching, it really pointed to the importance of how the Navy feels about getting at this problem from the top down. I think this was the right approach. They had to hear it from us," said Roux.
Each 90-minute session was set up as primarily a question-and-answer opportunity. While many at TSC were concerned that they wouldn't be able to fill up the entire timeslot, they found that each session actually went over two hours.
"What we found from our triad is that our training is taking hold because our people knew the answers - they know right from wrong and they know what they can and cannot do," said Roux. "I think this stand-down just reinforced that what we're already doing is starting to take hold. This gave us another opportunity to make the message even stronger."
The command said what is important for TSC staff, Navy Mmlitary training instructors and senior leadership is to not just discuss prevention, but to show by example.
"The TSC triad led by example and showed the command their commitment to stopping sexual assault," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist Lawrence E. Pieper, master training specialist at TSC and facilitator for the standdown. "More leaders such as CEOs of COOs in society should be following the example of naval leadership and put their faces out for their employees to see."
Roux emphasized that if leadership is going to tell the students what is right and what is wrong, it can't just be talked about, it has to be lived.
"We have to walk the walk. What we say is one thing, but what we do is another and that's what the students really watch so we have to do it right," said Roux. "We have to live our core values but more importantly, we have to show in our actions that we truly want to eradicate sexual assault from our ranks."
All training center and institutional instructors, as well as personnel who are the first to interact with sexual assault victims, to include health care providers, Fleet and Family Support Center counselors, chaplains, judge advocate general personnel, and NCIS investigators, will receive specialized refresher training, using the Navy's successful SAPR-Leadership/SAPR-Fleet training programs and other Navy SAPR resources.
For more information and resources to combat sexual assault at http://www.sapr.navy.mil.
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