Protecting Our People, Protects Our Mission

Color Run

In celebration of Month of the Military Child, Aria daughter of (left) Tech. Michael Babcock, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron structure planner enjoy a morning together during the Color Run held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 13, 2018. April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the Air Force community. The Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. The Color Run raises awareness for base support programs to include Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, Sexual Assault Prevention, Alcohol Awareness, Month of the Military Child, and Autism Awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Color Run

Two Airmen are showered with blue chalk during annual Color Run held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 13, 2018. Volunteers from around the installation set up color chalk stations for Airmen to run through during the run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Color Run

An Airman races toward the finish line during the Color Run at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. April 13, 2018. Base personnel were encouraged to come out in support of numerous campaigns held by base agencies throughout the month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Color Run

Airmen assigned to the 99th Medical Group pose for a photo after completing the 2018 Color Run at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 13, 2018. The Color Run is an event that brings awareness to Sexual Assault and other campaigns taking place throughout the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Each April, Department of Defense communities observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  Activities throughout month offer an opportunity to improve outreach and support to victims while also expanding prevention efforts.

This year’s theme is “Protecting our People, Protects our Mission.”

Protecting our People…” Each Airman has a vital role to ensure fellow service members can live and work without the threat of sexual assault.  Regardless of rank each member must know, understand and adhere to the Air Force core values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior in the work place.

Addressing sexual harassment in a unit is an important step to preventing sexual assaults, since many victims of sexual harassment, later experience a sexual assault.

Understanding how to recognize opportunities for intervention is vital to stopping unsafe behavior, to include any form of retaliation.

Protects our Mission.”  In addition to the devastating impact on a victim, a sexual assault can severely impact a unit’s readiness to perform its mission.

All Airmen must encourage positive behaviors by recognizing acts that contribute to a supportive command climate.

Members can protect the mission by ensuring everyone within DoD is committed to advancing an environment where sexist behaviors, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying, and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned, or ignored.

To increase awareness the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases Sexual Assault Prevention Response offices have several events scheduled the entire month. Static displays have been setup around both installations to offer educational information.

SAAPM events:

  • April 13, 07:00 a.m., the Community Action Team hosted the Nellis Color Run behind the Warrior Fitness Center. 

  • April 20, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Creech SAPR office is hosting a “Chalk the walk and information fair” at the Creech dining facility. Several helping agencies will have booths set up to inform the services the offer.

  • April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a booth will be set up at the Nellis Exchange

  • April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a booth will be set up at the Commissary

On April 6, in honor of SAAPM, the Nellis and Creech SAPR offices hosted an appreciation breakfast for their 36 active victim advocates who provide essential support, liaison services and care to victims of sexual assault. 

Victim advocates report directly to the installation’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and assist in providing 24/7 response capability for the program.  They provide crisis intervention and information on available options and resources to assist victims of sexual assaults in making informed decisions.

Along with the SAPR staff, victim advocates can take a restricted or unrestricted report of sexual assault.

A person can report a sexual assault 24/7 by calling the Nellis/Creech SAPR hotline at 702-652-7272. 

During duty hours a victim will speak with SAPR staff member, after duty the phones will be answered by a certified victim advocate.

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