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SAPR Take Back the Night

Carolina Yepez, 48th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, greets a child at the Take Back the Night event at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. Airmen brought family members to help spread awareness in observance of Sexual Assault and Assault Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto Rendon, 48th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, addresses the volunteers at the Take Back the Night event at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. The event is one of the various activities scheduled to be hosted by the 48th FW SAPR team throughout the month of April in observance of Sexual Assault and Assault Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto Rendon, 48th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, addresses the volunteers at the Take Back the Night event at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. Leadership at all levels are critical components in prevention efforts in matters of accountability, community involvement, communication, deterrence, incentives, training and education. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Airmen put teal ribbon stickers on a marque during the Take Back the Night event at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. Liberty Wing personnel may see stickers at the Liberty Club, the Breckland Pines golf course and even the Strike Eagle Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Airman 1st Class India Jones, a dental assistant assigned to the 48th Dental Squadron, confers with fellow volunteer at the Take Back the Night event at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. Approximately 60 Liberty Wing personnel volunteered for the SAPR event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Rhonda Nuñez, a volunteer, raises her child so she can stick a teal ribbon sticker on a window at the Liberty Lanes bowling alley at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. The Take Back the Night event succeeded in affixing over 3,500 teal ribbon stickers throughout RAF Lakenheath. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Children interact with volunteers at the Take Back the Night event at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 8, 2018. The event encouraged Liberty Wing personnel of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the Sexual Assault and Assault Prevention Month campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Liberty Wing volunteers joined members of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team to place teal ribbon stickers across the base April 8.

The goal of the event, Take Back the Night, was to affix 1,000 teal ribbon stickers throughout RAF Lakenheath to encourage base personnel to get involved in raising awareness of sexual assault prevention.

This is one of the various activities scheduled to be hosted by the 48th Fighter Wing SAPR team throughout the month of April in observance of Sexual Assault and Assault Prevention Month.

“Awareness and community involvement is key to sexual assault prevention,” said Carolina Yepez, 48th FW sexual assault response coordinator. “We want to put these teal ribbons everywhere Airmen, civilians and dependents will see them.”

Approximately 60 Airmen volunteered for the SAAPM event. Some Airmen even brought their families and pets to get involved.

“I’m glad I came out to do this because it’s for a great cause and it was a good opportunity to get out of my dorm room and meet others in the community,” said an air traffic control technician assigned to the 48th Operations Support Squadron.

The event succeeded in posting over 3,500 teal ribbon stickers across the Liberty Wing, tripling its original goal. Liberty Wing personnel may see stickers at various locations such as the Liberty Club, Breckland Pines golf course and even the Strike Eagle Complex.

“I can’t thank you enough for coming out and joining Carolina and the SAPR team today,” said Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto Rendon, 48th FW command chief master sergeant. “When I heard about this, I had to come out and get involved and it thrills me to see that so many from the Liberty Wing were just as excited to get involved.”

It is through the dedicated efforts of professional Airmen, and the engagement at all levels, that sexual assault may be eliminated from our ranks.