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.
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.
Congratulations to Captain James J. Hurton from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, on being selected as the winner of the inaugural Exceptional Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate (VA) of the Year Award. Captain Hurton was instrumental in improving SAPR processes in a complex environment servicing both Marines and a high volume of recruits. His innovative approach ensured numerous future Marines were provided access to services for sexual assault incidents that occurred prior to their enlistment.
SARCs play a critical role in our battle against sexual assault: they empower and assist victims, communicate and coordinate with commanders and unit leaders, train and oversee our uniformed and civilian victim advocates, and educate Marines about sexual assault. Their job does not end at close of business
Congratulations to Mrs. Jacqueline Maxwell for her selection as the Marine Corps Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year award!