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The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response personnel hosted a “Walk-a-Lap” event to acknowledge Sexual Assault Awareness month at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 28, 2022. During the event, volunteers recorded the amount of laps they walked during the duration of the month to honor sexual assault victims with the goal of reaching 7,816 laps, representing the number of sexual assault reports in 2020. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox)

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The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response personnel display items for volunteers to collect during the SAPR “Walk-a-Lap” event at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 28, 2022. All items, to include hand sanitizer, sunscreen, writing journals, hand towels, pens, mugs and coloring books, provided contact information for the Peterson SFB SAPR office and recognize Sexual Assault Awareness month. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox)

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A volunteer records the number of laps they walked around the track during the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response “Walk-a-Lap” event at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 28, 2022. To recognize Sexual Assault Awareness month, Airmen, Guardians and civilian counterparts were asked to track the amount of laps they completed throughout the month with the intent of collectively reaching the goal of 7,816 laps, representing the amount of sexual assaults reported in 2020. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kiara Kashner, volunteer victim advocate, walks the track during the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response “Walk-a-Lap” event at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 28, 2022. Kashner walked laps around the track to honor victims of sexual assault to support Sexual Assault Awareness month. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox)

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U.S. Space Force Tech. Sgt. Shaneka Hunter, volunteer victim advocate, engages in conversation during the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response “Walk-a-Lap” event at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 28, 2022. The SAPR event was hosted to encourage military and civilian counterparts to walk for the 7,816 victims of sexual assault, reported in 2020. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team hosts a walk-a-lap event for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, April 29, 2022.

Peterson-Schriever Garrison members walk a lap for every sexual assault case reported by the Department of Defense in 2020. Every mile that a participant has ran or walked during the month of April is calculated towards the final goal.

7,816 sexual assault victims filed a report in 2020. Other victims choose not speak up leaving many cases unreported. The walk-a-lap event aims to bring light to the ongoing issue of sexual assault and emphasize our responsibility as an Air Force community to prevent them.

“Sexual assault and prevention isn’t just during the month of April,” said Maria Spencer, P-S GAR sexual assault response coordinator. “You can’t solve the problem unless you talk about it.”

Airmen should speak up as soon as they witness any incident that is considered sexual assault or inappropriate behavior. This helps support healthy environments in the work center that focus on dignity, respect and inclusion.

During the month of April, the SAPR office hosted a dodgeball event to focus on male victims of sexual assault and hosted an awareness booth at the Peterson Base Exchange. SAPR is also working on having quarterly events to promote sexual assault prevention.

“We hope for an increase in reporting and eradicating sexual assault from our ranks,” said Spencer.

Contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at (719) 556-7272 for 24-hour confidential support.

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