By a Survivor
Sexual assault is a hot topic — one addressed in annual training and at commander’s calls throughout the Air Force — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable. These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned, listeners don’t always know how to respond appropriately, which can make sharing one’s story awkward, even painful.
This is unfortunate. As humans we are drawn to stories. We reflect upon them and even internalize some of their values, ideas and attitudes. Stories communicate with extraordinary effectiveness, enabling us to learn not only from personal experience but also from others’ experiences. Are we missing out on a potentially powerful tool in the world of sexual assault prevention? Perhaps calling on survivors to bravely share their stories holds real potential for making those serving alongside them more aware of sexual assault and of ways they can prevent it in their spheres of influence. To that end, here is my story.
Like most men I know, I never really thought much about sexual assault. I saw the issue as predominately a female problem that only happened to males under highly unusual circumstances and in unusual settings, such as prison. So, each year I endured the Air Force’s mandatory sexual assault training but never examined people in my life for indicators of predatory behavior, or spent any time considering issues like stalking, grooming, or consent. Little did I know that, like many other victims of both genders, I was oblivious to the impending threat until it was too late. Continue reading Sexual assault survivor: One Airman’s story
Meet some of the amazing Airmen who exemplify the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Portraits in Courage Volume 9 recognizes five teams and seven individuals for their personal or moral courage in performance of their duties. Let’s meet them!
Find out what these Airmen did to be selected by reading their profiles here: http://static.dma.mil/usaf/courage/.
Which of these Airmen inspires you?
By Amber Baillie
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
Athletes at the U.S. Air Force Academy are serious about sexual assault awareness – so much so, they filmed a “Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence” video in the spring that has captured the attention of thousands throughout social media and the military community.
The two-and-a-half-minute montage features 13 cadet athletes from various athletic teams, including football, volleyball, soccer and basketball, pledging to end sexual violence and the culture perpetuating it.
Continue reading Cadets take stand against sexual violence
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie sent out a special holiday message Dec. 7, 2011, to Airmen and their families serving around the world.
During the 29-second video, the Schwartzes spoke about their appreciation and understanding of the sacrifices service members make during the holidays.
“This holiday season, Suzie and I are truly grateful for every service member and their families, and their role in preserving our collective liberty,” the general said.
Have you received a holiday greeting from your servicemember? Tell us about it.
A video contest for every Airman began December 1 providing an opportunity for Airmen to develop and produce videos to capture their vision of an effective Air Force recruiting and retention TV commercial. The videos should be a mission-documentary format, in which Airmen talk about what they do for the Air Force and our Nation. Entries are due to the US Air Force Public Affairs agency by Jan. 9. Submission guidelines and legal conditions are attached.
All videos submitted will be posted to Air Force Blue Tube, www.youtube.com/afbluetube where anyone can view and download them.
Posted by Capt. David Faggard, Air Force Public Affairs.