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Lakenheath kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Jay Blackford, a 48th Fighter Wing victim advocate, shows a precision-guided munitions technician assigned to the 48th Munitions Squadron, a list of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response activities at the Express gas station at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. This year, the SAPR office will focus on inspiring Airmen to use their voice to support survivors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A 48th Fighter Wing victim advocate gives a teal ribbon air refresher to Capt. Kristin Carl, 48th FW special victims’ counsel, at the Express gas station at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office conducted the Sexual Assault Awareness Month kick-off at the Express gas station to encourage Airmen to participate in the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A 494th Fighter Squadron pilot thanks a victim advocate for information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the Express gas station at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. 48th Fighter Wing victim advocates aimed to generate interest in the various activities being hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office throughout the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Capt. Andrea Pierce, a general dentist assigned to the 48th Dental Squadron, reads a list of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities at the SAAM kick-off at the Express gas station at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. Every Airman can play a role in sexual violence prevention by joining the cycle of education and deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Hauck, 48th Wing Staff Agency superintendent, shows off his list of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities at the SAAM kick-off at the Express gas station at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. Following the kick-off, RAF Lakenheath SAPR office will affix 1,000 stickers across the base at the Take Back the Night event April 8. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

48th Fighter Wing victim advocates stand outside the Express gas station to help raise awareness of sexual assault prevention in preparation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 2, 2018. The Campaign focuses on raising public awareness of sexual violence and the education of communities in its prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Representatives of the 48th Fighter Wing’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team volunteered to pump gas and gift free promotional materials at the Express gas station, April 2.

The goal is to encourage the Liberty Wing Airmen to join the observance of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which has the objective of raising the public’s awareness of sexual violence and educate society on its prevention.

The campaign is celebrating its 17th year utilizing the theme, “embrace your voice,” to encourage individuals of all walks of life to use their voice to promote safety and prevent sexual violence. The theme also urges individuals to speak up in support of survivors of sexual assault.

In the spirit of that theme, the SAPR team has scheduled activities throughout the month of April including a bingo night, yoga classes and other events. 48th FW victim advocates have also partnered with dorm members to host a Take Back the Night event where volunteers will intersperse 1,000 SAPR stickers throughout the base to inspire RAF Lakenheath Airmen.

“You do have power to change our culture, but we must do it together,” said Carolina Yepez, 48th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator. “Lakenheath United!”

Prospective participants can request more information by contacting the SAPR office at DSN 226-7272 or 01638-52-7272.