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NEWS | Jan. 28, 2014

CNFK holds SAPR Training

By CNFK Public Affairs

Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and civilian personnel welcomed Dr. Anne Munch to the Korean Peninsula to conduct Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training Jan. 27 at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan base theatre.

Hosted by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, the training focused on providing a closer look at victims, offenders and the role of bystanders in preventing sexual assaults.

“Sexual assault is a complicated topic but prevention is everybody’s job,” said Munch.  “We need to give bystanders and victims the knowledge and the tools to step up and get involved.  We need to discuss the truth of what this problem looks like.”

With 25 years of experience as a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of domestic violence, Munch has worked extensively on the development of SAPR programs for the U.S. military.  Munch said she uses her professional experiences and knowledge to deliver training that she describes as realistic and sometimes uncomfortable.

“We wanted to bring in one of the very best specialists and were quite fortunate and grateful to have Dr. Anne Munch here with us today,” said Capt. Robert Sparrock, CNFK chief of staff.  “We want to end the climate where sexual assaults can exist and today was a step in that direction.”

Using recorded 911 calls and video interviews with sex offenders, Munch’s training strived to increase awareness and understanding while fulfilling a mandatory Navy training requirement.

“Anne Munch’s emphasis on the importance of bystander intervention was great,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Charlotte Fowler, CNFK command SAPR advocate.  “She really gave us perspective about how one simple question as a bystander can save a potential victim. It’s really important for shipmates to look after shipmates.”

Munch is also scheduled to speak with U.S. Sailors and civilians at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae before flying back to the United States.

Sexual Assault affects Navy readiness, and the Navy is committed to preventing sexual assault.  Join the Navy’s conversation about sexual assault on social media and help raise awareness by using #NavySAPR.

For more information and resources to combat sexual assault, visit http://www.sapr.navy.mil

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