#SAAM: Navy Turns To Twitter to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness

Story Number: NNS120403-16Release Date: 4/3/2012 6:55:00 PM
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By Defense Media Activity -- Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy took to Twitter April 3 in an effort to help raise awareness of sexual assault throughout the fleet and across the country.

Sharing information via the "@USNavy" Twitter account, they participated in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) "Tweet About it Tuesday," an event similar to a Twitter town hall.

The NSVRC's goal during SAAM, according to their website, is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

"Collectively, we can make a difference in eliminating sexual assault from our ranks. To do that, though, we need to use every means available to connect with our Sailors to raise awareness," said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, director of the Navy's social media team. "Twitter is a platform we can leverage to start this very important discussion."

Using the hashtag, #TweetAboutIt, the Navy and sexual violence centers across the country shared resources, training products and ideas to help raise sexual awareness to prevent violence.

Women Organized Against Rape, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Penn. whose mission is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence, joined the discussion tweeting, "Its never to early to teach your kids about sexual health/violence. Having a discussion is one of the keys to prevention #tweetaboutit."

The one-hour discussion successfully engaged entities across the country and set a precedent for next week's discussion.

"Time to ice these fingers! Blown away by the involvement & convo in our 1st #tweetaboutit chat! See you all next week! Happy #SAAM," tweeted NSVRC.

The Navy will participate in "Tweet About It Tuesdays" throughout April to share sexual assault initiatives and to learn about efforts other organizations are using throughout the country.

"We look forward to participating in the conversation throughout the month and encourage other Navy commands across the Fleet to participate with us, too," said Servello.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department. The Department of the Navy (DoN) is working aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable.

Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #SAAM.

NSVRC is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention. According to their website, NSVRC staff collects and disseminates a wide range of resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives and program information. With these resources, the NSVRC assists coalitions, advocates and others interested in understanding and eliminating sexual violence. Learn more about NSVRC at their website at www.nsvrc.org

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120329-N-ZZ999-002 The graphic logo to illustrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) initiative.
March 30, 2012
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