Students in a Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response Class talk about a training scenario
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
Information also is available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
> ACS Schoolhouse or by going to http://www.sapr.mil/.