On Thursday, Men Can Stop Rape's Director of Training and Tech Assistance Joseph Vess presented a workshop a workshop for military officers and civilian staff at Virginia's Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR). DSCR is a US Department of Defense installation that provides support to all branches of the US armed forces.
The presentation, held as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), focused on working with men and women service members to prevent sexual assault in the ranks.
Also discussed was the “My Strength is for Defending” social marketing campaign that Men Can Stop Rape created for the DoD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) in April 2009. Posters, radio, TV, and digital PSA's were disseminated to every U.S. military installation throughout the world.
The 2010 campaign - "Hurts one. Affects all…Preventing sexual assault is everyone’s duty" - will focus on the effects sexual assault has on the military’s mission readiness. See SAPRO's website sapr.mil for more info.
Thanks to Barbara Bothwell, DSC Richmond Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, for the pictures.
Check out this video of the DoD's "SAPRline of Courage" t-shirt exhibit being held in the Pentagon throughout April for SAAM: