Sexual assault happens everywhere - stay safe, secure
By Lt. Col. Toni Hay, Senior Airman Kevin O'Brien
/ Published September 12, 2009
Sept. 12, 2009 -- Sexual Assault - Rape and sexual assault are not just a women' problem. Nor are they something that happens to someone else or somewhere else. Sexual assault happens everywhere, everyday and every minute to women and men of all ages.
Tips for Protecting Against Sexual Assault
· Listen to your gut feelings. They are always RIGHT! If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
· Know your sexual intentions and limits. You have a right to say "NO" to any unwanted sexual contact.
· Communicate your limits verbally. Don't assume the other person knows your feelings or will get the message from your body language.
· Attend social activities with friends and look out for one another, leave as a group.
· Limit your alcohol intake. It interferes with your ability to communicate your limits and identify risky situations.
· Walk confidently and with a steady pace. A rapist often looks for someone who appears vulnerable.
My role as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or SARC, for the 108th Air Refueling Wing, is to make sure the victim in a sexual related assault has the proper care, support and information to help him or her through this trying time. The other part of my role as a SARC is to give each member of the 108th Air Refueling Wing the tools to make the right choices and the knowledge to know what to do if you are involved in any way with a sexual assault. If you need help or just have a question I am here to help. I can be reached 24 hours a day on my SARC Hotline at 609-694-9426. Military One Source 1-800-342-9647.