CHINHAE, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and Commander, Navy Region Korea attended an innovative Sexual Assault and Prevention Response (SAPR) training event in Chinhae, Jan. 28.
The training, part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet's Resiliency Workshop, consisted of an interactive show that highlighted topics such as identifying, assessing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.
Cmdr. Terry McNamara, the commanding officer of Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae, welcomed the training team and stressed the impact any individual can make by responding to those in need.
"I feel strongly about bystander intervention," McNamara said. "One choice by one person can make a big difference in someone's life. If you see somebody in need, give them a hand."
Actors Anthony DiNicola and Katie Higier held the audience's attention by performing everyday situations and periodically challenging the crowd with probing questions that highlighted the ability of bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault.
"When there is good leadership and initiative, you can enact incredible change," said Higier. "All it takes is one person to speak up."
Quartermaster 2nd Class Woodly Milord, assigned to CNFK in Busan, said he appreciated the performance and its use of humor to communicate a difficult subject.
"At first, everyone was uncomfortable talking about rape and assault," Milford said, "but we need to speak openly about the problem if we want to help solve it and once they [DiNicola and Higier] had the crowd laughing, participating was a lot easier."
Capt. Roy Nafarrete, the SAPR for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet said the Navy is changing, and Sailors must continue to align their behavior to the Navy Core Values.
"Times are changing, and the Navy is changing with it," Nafarrete said. "It is challenging, but it's the right thing to do, and we simply can't wait."
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea recently shifted to Busan and is the only U.S. Navy headquarters in Korea stationed on a Republic of Korea Navy base.
CNFK is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the commander of the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
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