Local bases step up war against sexual assault

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

Master Sgt. Paola West, head of the Airman Leadership School at Hurlburt, said her instructors requested the additional training to use during the 45-minute sexual assault segment they teach as part of the five-week leadership course.

About 420 airmen go through the course each year.

The training helps West’s instructors answer questions the students may have about sexual assault.

She said it’s important for new airmen moving into front-line supervisory positions to have learned about sexual assault response and prevention.

“The more we talk about it, the more we can assure that it’s minimized,” she said. “The biggest thing we emphasize is if you see something, say something.”

That thing could be as simple as a joke, she said.

“We want to hold our airmen accountable to be professional airmen,” she said.

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