Sexual Assault Outreach Fair to Be Held
By P. A. Tezuka, SMC Public Affairs
/ Published April 22, 2008
Los Angeles Air Force Base -- The Sexual Assault Prevention & Response office is planning an Outreach Fair, April 23. It will be held in the Schriever Space Complex from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will host local and community agencies in sexual assault and prevention. The fair is sponsored by the Los Angeles AFB Helping Agencies - SAPR, Family advocacy, Health and Wellness Center, Equal Opportunity Office, and Airman &Family Readiness Center. The Sexual Assault Crisis Agency from Long Beach will again be bringing their "clothes-line project," which displays messages written on t-shirts by women who have been assaulted.
The SAPR office is also offering SAPR training throughout the month of April. The training fulfills the mandatory annual training for military members. The training is open to civilian personnel.
"We're making a lot of improvements and there's been a lot of changes since Capt. Sherry Souriolle took over [in January]," said Tech. Sgt. Corazon Santiago, Los Angeles AFB's Sexual Assault & Response Crisis assistant. "We've trained so many people - first responders - we've been training and educating a lot. We've been covering a lot of ground and making an impact on the base overall for sexual assault prevention.
"We make sure they [the victims] are in a safe place ... first and foremost," said Sgt. Santiago.
Victims can go to the SAPR office for help and referrals to outside agencies and treatment centers. The office is located in Bldg. 272, second floor, room C2-210. It can be reached at 310-653-5789/5442/7272. The 24-hour crisis line is 310-901-7023.