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Sexual Assault Program at 148th

Posted at: 04/21/2011 7:01 PM | Updated at: 04/21/2011 9:56 PM
By: Renee Passal

The 148th Fighter Wing has had a Sexual Assault Prevent and Response program for 6 years But they are adapting it to include different training for its members

"Sexual assault has touched the 148th family, and these are difficult situations We are starting to train on how to spot things as bystanders, and how to prevent assaults from happening," Maj Audra Flanagan explained She's the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the base

There are four victim advocates on base, who are there to talk to anyone who needs to, she added "We have young members who live in college settings, who need to know they can depend on us or ask us for information"
The 148th is not an active duty base, and no one lives at the facility That means their challenges are different than at a place like Fort Hood, for example But they are still taking many precautions

Each year, airmen go through training And the topic is kept top of mind, with handouts and practical things like water bottles and flashlights with the program's number on them

Still, it's a difficult issue to become comfortable talking about

"We need to take baby steps forward, to prevent and stop sexual assaults from happening in the military," Flanagan added

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