The Department of Defense has kicked off its 14th annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with the ongoing theme, "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission." This year's theme emphasizes everyone, regardless of rank, can protect our mission by ensuring everyone is committed to advancing an environment where sexist behaviors, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying, and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned, or ignored.

This year marks the 3rd annual Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) SAAPM Poster Contest. The winning design will receive a Certificate of Commendation and Challenge Coin from the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC). Runners- up will receive Letters of Appreciation from the CMC. Do you think you have a winning design? Show your commitment to preventing and speaking out against sexual assault by creating your own poster with this year’s theme.

If your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is hosting a poster contest, submit your entry according to the guidance from your SARC. If your local SARC is not hosting a poster contest, you can submit your entry, along with any questions or comments, to Lindsay Reed, HQMC Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, at lindsay.reed@usmc.mil. Check Gearlocker (CAC required) or MARADMIN 184/18 for more information. 

All submissions are due 30 April 2018, so get your posters in soon! Looking for inspiration? Check out last year's winner below.