GREAT LAKES, Ill (NNS) -- Training Support Center (TSC) and other commands from Naval Station Great Lakes kicked off Navy's Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a teal ribbon-hanging ceremony April 2.
"We hope to raise awareness, clear up myths and untruths and empower our staff and students to intervene when they see a situation they know is not right," said Capt. Peter R. Lintner, commanding officer of TSC.
"The ribbons being hung along the walking paths of our Sailors around the base, will remind them of the lessons they have been taught regarding sexual assault and that sexual assault 'hurts one; effects all,'" Lintner said.
Following the opening remarks, staff, students, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) advocates and the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Great Lakes Chapter hung teal ribbons throughout the base.
"CSADD has been involved with the SAPR at Great Lakes since our inception. Sexual assault is one of the biggest problems faced by today's Sailors. At CSADD, we have created videos, participated in training and even become advocates to join the fight against sexual assault," said Seaman Kit Wingate, the chapter's mascot "CSADD Guy" and unit founder.
"The ribbon-hanging ceremony is a great event to commence Sexual Assault Awareness Month. CSADD is proud to be a part of an event that shows the collaborative effort between CSADD and the staff of Great Lakes to end sexual assault," said Wingate.
"The support from students and staff was great. If the ribbons prompt a conversation about the prevention of Sexual Assault then I'd say they accomplished their mission," said Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/SC) Dena M. Partain, SAPR command liaison for TSC.
Sexual Assault Prevention 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.
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