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NAVSUP FLC Norfolk: uniting to fight sexual assault.

More than 100 walkers and runners from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk took part in a 1.8-mile Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Awareness walk/run aboard Naval Station Norfolk

April 20 to raise awareness of sexual assault. April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Commands across the Navy provided general military training and events to raise awareness. "Today we are running to bring awareness of sexual violence on our base during Sexual Assault Awareness Month with our very first sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) walk/run," said Meredith McCall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

Unfortunately, even in the military, sexual violence does exist. The intent of this event was to bring awareness and education to the forefront of our minds so we can prevent sexual assault from taking place. The Navy has a ZERO tolerance policy and is deeply committed to improving the ways it prevents and responds to sexual assault.

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The NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Wardroom, Chief Mess, Civilian labor force, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the event. The event included civilian labor force as well as Sailors from various departments located aboard Naval Station Norfolk and the surrounding area. Participants were interested in providing their support for sexual assault awareness and prevention. "Even one incident of sexual assault is too many," said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Higgs, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Sexual Assault Prevention Response point of contact.

Sexual Assault by one member of the command on another member of the command is detrimental to the unit cohesion and readiness. It erodes trust, respect, and questions an individual integrity. By compromising trust, the sexual assault has not only affected the victim, it affects the entire unit.

The Navy's ultimate goal is a culture of professionalism, respect, and trust where sexual assault is eliminated and never tolerated.

By NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Corporate Communications
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Title Annotation:Special Interest
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:May 1, 2012
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