Each October, the Department of Defense SAPR office sponsors recognition for an individual, group, or unit from each Military Service, component, or organization for their work in advancing the primary prevention of sexual assault.

Congratulations to Marie Brodie, installation SARC from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Pamela Alberti, installation SARC from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and Mika Haberlin from Marine Corps Air Station New River for being selected as the Marine Corps winners for the Department of Defense Excellence in Primary Prevention Award.

Pam Alberti
Marie Brodie
Marie Brodie
Mika Haberlin
Mika Haberlin

The installation SARCs developed a primary prevention pro-gram called New Beginnings for the Marine Corps Installa-tions – East Brig. New Beginnings was created from a desire to enhance the relationship between the Brig and the SAPR program.

The focus of the curriculum is to empower men as partners in the prevention of sexual violence. The sessions focus on understanding the prevalence of sexual assault and how gender and social norms impact the command climate; identifying barriers to intervening; and allowing participants to build and practice their skills as an active bystander and ally to victims. SAPR personnel and one of the male service member Brig counselors facilitate the group each month.

All nominees are commended for their contributions to the SAPR program and the Marine Corps as a whole.

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