Kicking Sexual Assault Out of the Marine Corps

Kicking Sexual Assault Out of the Marine Corps

by SSgt John Rudolf
U.S. Marine Corps

The month of April was Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  On April 7th, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Headquarters and Support Battalion hosted a kickball tournament with the theme “Kicking Sexual Assault Out of the Marine Corps”.  Members of Marine Corps Base, both Military and Civilian alike, participated in the tournament to help assist in bringing awareness to combatting Sexual Assault.  The effort was spearheaded and supported by the Uniformed Victim Advocates of Headquarters and Support Battalion.

The Tournament afforded Marine Corps Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Uniformed Victim Advocates the opportunity to promote the program and educate community members of the ongoing efforts to eradicate Sexual Assault from the military community.   There were a total of 9 teams represented in the tournament:  Legal Support Services Center, Camp Hansen Brig, IPAC, DMO, GME, Installation Safety Office, Combat Camera, Provost Marshall Office, and G-6.  While the tournament certainly spawned a bit of competition, participants paused to think about their role and how they could help “Kick Sexual Assault Out of the Marine Corps” as the issue is one that continues to plague the military community.  Many of participants stated that the kickball tournament was a great idea to get Marines engaged and to start dialogue regarding their role in eliminating sexual assault from within the ranks and military community as a whole.

In the end the Legal Support Services Center came out on top!

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