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115th FW participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Force Support Squadron Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing show off their denim attire in front of the 115th Fighter Wing Headquarters sign at Truax Field, Wis. for National denim day, April 25th, 2018.

Force Support Squadron Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing show off their denim attire in front of the 115th Fighter Wing Headquarters sign at Truax Field, Wis. for National denim day, April 25th, 2018.

TRUAX FIELD, Wis. -- In 2001 the U.S. nationally began observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month to emphasize that everyone is responsible for helping increase the prevention and awareness of sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at the 115th Fighter Wing works consistently to find ways to increase awareness and eliminate sexual assault year-round.

“We use Sexual Assault Awareness Month as a platform to educate and train our Airmen on the prevention of sexual assault,” said 1st Lt. Natalie Huschka, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator with the 115th FW.

The 115th FW took part in increasing prevention and awareness this month by participating in denim day, a social statement through fashion that makes wearing jeans a symbol against negative attitudes about sexual assault, April 25th, and by inviting Mike Domitrz, the founder of the Date Safe Project, to speak on consent, respect, and support for survivors, April 8th.

“Domitrz was here to help us shape a culture of respect,” said Col. Erik Peterson, the 115th FW commander. “Through a culture of respect we will move the message of zero-tolerance and bystander intervention to a far more durable and encompassing culture.”

The way Domitrz focuses on the culture of respect, honesty, and empathy people have towards one another changes the way people look at and react to sexual assault.

“Having that culture of respect is the key to stopping sexual assault,” said Domitrz.

Domitrz’s message goes beyond sexual assault, with a message of cultural respect his presentation resonates with the Air Force Core Values and the mission at the 115th FW, said Huschka.

“Culture is why we are here,” said Peterson. “It’s about how we want to live and how we want to treat our fellow Airmen.”

By being knowledgeable on the topic and creating a culture of respect, the 115th FW and Wisconsin Air National Guard will lead the way to an environment free from sexual assault and harassment.

“All I ask you to do is set the norm by changing the culture and showing respect,” said Domitrz. “Make a comment and speak up for what’s right whether that be in public or at work, in uniform or out.”

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