Local bases step up war against sexual assault

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Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

HURLBURT FIELD — Over the past year, the base has upped its sexual assault response training.

The number of trained sexual assault victim advocates has doubled, and this past month Hurlburt Field expanded the training to instructors at its airman leadership school.

The training program is designed to grow the support system for victims and encourage them to come forward to talk about assaults.

It is also part of a larger mission to try to eliminate a culture in the military that may allow sexual assaults to occur and discourage victims from reporting them.

Janet Morrison, the sexual assault response coordinator at Hurlburt, was excited to teach the advocate course to five instructors at the Vincent Airman Leadership School, which trains all airmen being promoted to management as staff sergeants.

The instructors will use what they learned to supplement the lessons they already teach on sexual assault.

“This will help the instructors better explain the consequences and the issues surrounding sexual assault in the military and pass on that information to our future leaders,” Morrison said. “We may be able to change the culture of the military by starting with these leaders.”

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