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DoD Recognizes Innovative Initiatives to Prevent Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2016 — The Defense Department honors this year’s exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who developed innovative approaches to improve sexual assault prevention programs.

The Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award recognizes service members and DoD civilians who have contributed efforts to improve the command climate by preventing sexual assault and other readiness impacting behaviors, according to officials.

Individuals, Organizations Deserving of Recognition

“This year’s Prevention Innovation awardees have demonstrated impressive effort and passion to having a lasting impact on reducing sexual assault,” said Army Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

“The range of the types of projects put forward by all the awardees underscores the importance that we look at prevention as a multi-faceted effort,” Nichols said.

The 2016 Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award awardees are:

-- Army: The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention team at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, for their approach of focusing on the by-stander for intervention, squad leader empowerment, and development of dynamic tools that promote awareness and prevention at the soldier and squad level.

-- Marine Corps: 1st Marine Logistics Group at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, for their collaboration with Combat Camera and the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator to develop “Just Another Night”, an interactive skit aimed at by-stander intervention.

-- Navy: Damon Pratt and Cmdr. Kim Donahue for their adapted approach for a “Take Back the Night” and “The Labyrinth” event that was relevant to the unique environment on the USS George Washington to prevent and ultimately end sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms.

-- Air Force: Capt. Amara Adams for her development of the Victim Care, Outreach, Team development, and Evolution, or VOTE concept, a prevention model that ties into electoral promotions, while simplifying and rebranding “consent first” practices.

-- National Guard Bureau: Army Staff Sgt. Gary Brumley, Kentucky National Guard, for development of improved training to address sexual assault prevention, healthy relationships, bystander intervention in social settings, and addressing other forms of sexual violence to build awareness that led to targeted training for the most at risk population.

-- Coast Guard: The Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program for Command Cadre Team is recognized for their creation of a comprehensive, standardized, repeatable 6-hour module focused on providing best practices, tools, and techniques to maintain a healthy command/unit climate free of sexual assault and other toxic climate problems to address training gaps between the existing material and the new requirements from the Department of Homeland Security.
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