Chief of Navy Chaplains observes SAPR training, graduation at Great Lakes
The chief of Navy chaplains visited Training Support Center (TSC), Great Lakes Aug. 1-3 to get a firsthand look at TSC’s efforts to raise sexual assault awareness and prevention among the Sailors.
Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd observed bystander intervention and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training as well as a presentation of “No Zebras, No Excuses,” a Central Michigan University production aimed at challenging sexual assault myths and stereotypes.
“Sexual Assault impacts every one of us, from the Sailor victimized to command morale and mission,” Tidd said. “One incident means everyone’s workload goes up. The key word is respect. By respecting each other’s personal boundaries we ensure that we have everyone’s best interests in mind.”
“No Zebras” is the first program to focus on bystander mentality, addressing the impact of intervention on situations of sexual aggression. It stresses sexual aggression can no longer be ignored, empowering students to stand up, take a stand, and help keep others safe.
The title of “No Zebras” is a reference as to when zebras are attacked by lions; they watch their own get eaten. “No Zebras” is a way of saying, when it comes to sexual assault, don’t be a zebra - don’t stand by why others are being preyed upon; act and keep predators at bay.
“As sexual assault hurts shipmates and affects readiness, this topic is so important that Navy wide training has been instituted,” Tidd said.
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