Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), was joined by Capt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of NSA Annapolis; Capt. Michael McGinnis, commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Annapolis; and Cmdr. John Downes, commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Baltimore, Md., to sign this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) proclamation.
|USNA Superintendent VADM Ted Carter signs the Joint Teal Ribbon|
Proclamation in support of sexual assault prevention.
“Sexual assault is a community issue,” said Capt. Bart Marsh, USNA’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program manager. “It is not just one command’s issue. It is all commands’ issue. To have all four Annapolis-area commands come together to sign this proclamation and show their support in the education, prevention and response to sexual assault and to help those who fall victim to this is a special thing.”
April 1 marked the beginning of SAAPM, and this year’s theme is “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part.”
|USNA Superintendent VADM Ted Carter speaks at the signing ceremony for|
the Joint Teal Ribbon Proclamation in support of sexual assault prevention.
“This is not just for how we are going to make it better for the Navy, but for each and every one of us,” said Carter. “The difference we are going to make in the progress toward ending sexual assault and taking care of those affected will help make this a better command, a better unit and a better Navy.”
The joint SAAPM proclamation signifies the partnership between the four commands and their commitment to prevention and response to sexual assault.
“Having our uniformed members as well as our civilian supporters in attendance underscored the importance of collaboration and community as we bring everyone together for this important cause,” said Marsh.
During the event, sailors from USNA and NSA Annapolis read parts of “The Teal Letter,” a letter written by a group of sexual assault survivors who wanted to educate the public about the consequences of sexual assault and how it affects victims and survivors emotionally, physically, socially and mentally. These survivors want the public to understand the effects of such an experience so that they will be more likely to show compassion towards victims and less likely to blame, pass judgment on, or spread rumors about victims and survivors.
|Michelle Herrera from the NSA Annapolis SAPR Office and Shari Freeman|
from the USNA SAPR Office speak during the signing ceremony for the
Joint Teal Ribbon Proclamation in support of sexual assault prevention.
The mission of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from the military through a balance of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect, and trust, while preserving mission readiness.