TR Sailors Pledge to ‘Step Up, Stand Out’ Against Sexual Assault

    NORFOLK (April 7, 2014) – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore
Roosevelt (CVN 71) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a
cake-cutting ceremony and pledge-signing in the ship’s wardroom, April 7.

     During the event, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team victim
advocate Machinist Mate 2nd Class Brittanye Boswell spoke about what it
means to her to be a victim advocate.

     “I chose to become a victim advocate to help people,” said Boswell. “The
most rewarding part of being a victim advocate is knowing that I am helping
someone.”

     SAPR victim advocates respond to victims of sexual assault to provide
information and explain reporting options. Victim advocates also support
victims during medical, investigative and legal proceedings.

     During the event, Sailors were asked to pledge their commitment to stop
sexual assault.

     “I decided to make up the pledge ‘Step up and Stand out’,” said Aviation
Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Harrison Moorer. “For far too long,
people have sat down on the issue. It was time for me to step up and stand
up for what is right. These pledges are important because one person can
make a difference, but many people can make a change. The more people who
are involved the louder a voice we will be against sexual assault.”

     Throughout the month of April, TR’s SAPR team will hold events to bring
awareness to sexual assault.

     One of the planned events will be a photo booth on the mess decks, Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where SAPR representatives will ask
Sailors to make a pledge to stop sexual assault. Sailors will write this
pledge on a whiteboard and pose for a photo to show that they will not stand
for sexual assault.

     The SAPR team will also host a 5k run later in the month to bring awareness
to the problem of sexual assault in the military.

     “Our goal is to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault throughout
the month of April in an effort to eradicate the problem from the military,”
said Chief Personnel Specialist Tia Middlebrook. “We want Sailors to have
constant situational awareness. They should know that someone is there for
them and that we cannot look the other way any longer.”

     Click here to view and download high-resolution photos of the event online.

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Spears, USS Theodore
Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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