Sexual assault awareness training conducted with students of Kadena High School

Sexual assault awareness training conducted with students of Kadena High School

by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn L. Rich-Pendracki, 18th Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 18th Wing Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator's office conducted sexual assault prevention training with students of the Kadena High School, April 5.

Training was provided to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and was also offered to members of the faculty and staff.

According to Captain Elizabeth Belleau, 18th Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 18th Wing leadership recognizes the great need for sexual assault prevention education and has endorsed collaborative efforts by community stakeholders to develop and execute a sexual awareness training plan focused on high school students.

"As the subject matter experts on sexual assault for the installation, we were asked by 18th Wing leadership as well as Department of Defense Education Activity to assist the high school with this effort," said Belleau.

The training is a continuation of the instruction set in motion earlier this year. The goal of this platform is to ensure students, faculty and members of the community continue dialogue with one another to combat these crimes before they occur.

According to Belleau, this will continue the education and conversation they started in April. The goal for this venue is to give the students an opportunity to ask questions and to empower them to speak up.

The SAPR office hopes to provide future training and education opportunities to the base schools and the community as a whole.

"We truly hope that this is something that we can continue," said Belleau. "The Kadena Sexual Assault Prevention Response office supports military members, DoD civilians and dependents over the age of 18, but for those under the age of 18, we can help provide resources and refer survivors to appropriate agencies."

For more information on sexual assault prevention training, the SAPR program or to get involved, contact the 18th Wing SAPR office at 634-7272/SARC or 098-961-7272,

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