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Class teaches about sexual 
assault prevention, response

Photo: Students in a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Class talk about a training scenario they completed. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Students in a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Class talk about a training scenario they completed. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

       Almost 150 attendees listened to presentations from a number of guest presenters with civilian and military expertise in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) realm.

       Barbara Mashak, Fort McCoy Sexual Assault Response coordinator (SARC) for Army Community Service (ACS), said she organized a SAPR training session to present 40 hours of training to unit victim advocates (UVA) and SARCs.

      "This gives the personnel attending access to a broad range of people who can share their expertise," Mashak said. "They get information and can interact and ask the experts questions."

      Another advantage of offering the training was it gives military personnel being deployed a chance to get in-depth training in an informal, relaxed atmosphere, she said.      

Unit victim advocate, deployable SARC FY 08 training schedule

      The Fort McCoy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) program hosts monthly day-long training courses for unit victim advocates (UVA) and deployable SARCs (DSARC)

      The eight-hour classes run from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and are held at the Fort McCoy Chapel Center, 2675 South F Street.

      The remaining dates for fiscal year 2008 are May 9, June 12, July 24, Aug. 14, and Sept. 4.

      UVAs can be enlisted (staff sergeants or higher), officers (first lieutenant or chief warrant officer (CWO) 2 or higher) or civilian (GS-9 or higher).

      DSARCs can be enlisted (sergeant first class or higher), officer (major, CWO3 or higher) or civilians (GS-11 or higher).

      For more information, call the Fort McCoy SARC at (608) 388-8951 or visit Army Community Service, 2111 South 8th Ave.

      If they waited until they were conducting mobilization training, they would get a condensed eight-hour course in a pressurized situation, she said. The information presented might not meet their needs for serving on a long-term deployment.

      The instruction mixed talks, videos, role playing and visual, interactive presentations to keep the class moving along at a brisk and interesting pace, Mashak said.

      Mashak said ACS offers the SAPR training on a recurring basis. Future training sessions also will provide updated information about the newly revised SAPR regulation. Information about the regulation can be found at http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/.

      April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and Fort McCoy UVAs will participate in awareness activities throughout the month. For more information, talk to your UVA, Mashak said.

      For more information about SAPR training, contact Mashak at (608) 388-8951 or the Family Advocacy Program manager at (608) 388-2412.

      Information also is available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com > ACS Schoolhouse or by going to http://www.sapr.mil/.


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