Master-at-Arms "A" School Engages Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Story Number: NNS140403-35Release Date: 4/3/2014 9:49:00 PM
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By Chief Master-at-Arms Jesse Lindsey, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- The Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Lackland on board Joint Base San Antonio kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the "Can I Kiss You?" program, April 1.

This year's theme "Live Our Values: Step up to Stop Sexual Assault", is exactly what staff and students on board NTTC Lackland did as they encountered the often neglected questions regarding dating and sexual assault.

Mike Domitrz, an expert on dating and intimacy and an award-winning author and publisher, asked students if they first ask for a kiss or just go for it and the majority responded they just go for it.

"It just kind of happens - it's a mental connection," stated Seaman Marquis Miller currently attending Master-at-Arms "A" school. "Is it right? No, but now I know I must actually get permission. Getting permission isn't as bad as it sounds if you ask correctly."

Domitrz explained that verbal communication is crucial when it comes to dating. This is so one does not confuse non-verbal signals of something undesired with the non-verbal signals of something desired.

The program was "interesting, entertaining and fun," said MA "A" School student Seaman Logan Young of Hanover, Pa. "I was raised to be respectful and have never been exposed to these types of situations, but from here on out I will ask or be very nervous and just walk away."

Domitzr will be presenting his "Can I Kiss You?" program to all 15 bases in Navy Region Southeast to include Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Center for Security Forces is the parent command for Naval Technical Training Center Lackland. The Center provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the U.S. and around the world.

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An informational poster about sexual assault awareness month.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Official U.S. Navy file photo of an informational poster about sexual assault awareness month. Throughout the month of April, commands are encouraged to organize activities to raise awareness of sexual assault using the theme, "Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone's Duty." Join the conversation on social media and help raise awareness using #SAAM. (U.S. Navy photo illustration/Released)
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