WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Service members aboard Naval Support Facility (NSF) Arlington in Arlington, Va. held a Teal Flag Campaign to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April 9.
One thousand fifty-seven teal flags, each representing one Navy report of sexual assault during fiscal year 2013, were planted on the grounds of NSF Arlington all around Building 12.
Rear Adm. Sean Buck, director, 21st Century Sailor Office, opened the event with a few words for the crowd gathered.
"We continually strive to foster an environment of dignity and respect, where sexual assault is not tolerated, condoned or ignored, and where there is clear and appropriate accountability placed on all leaders at every level," said Buck.
He then read a proclamation, in part saying, "I, Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month here at Naval Support Facility Arlington, and call upon Navy personnel and their families to increase their participation in our efforts to prevent sexual assault, thereby strengthening the Navy community."
With that, Buck took one of the teal flags and planted it in the ground.
"One flag is one too many," Buck said.
The service members and civilians present planted the remaining teal flags.
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