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SARC promotes sexual assault awareness at Guys Night Out
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –Several people play Texas Hold’em Poker while attending the free casino style Guys Night Out at the Event Center Nov. 23. Guys Night Out promoted sexual assault awareness for men. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Joshua Edwards)
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SARC promotes sexual assault awareness at Guys Night Out

Posted 12/2/2013   Updated 12/2/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards
17th Training Wing Public Affairs

12/2/2013 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and the 17th TRW Students Against Sexual Assault and Harassment hosted the second annual Guys Night Out at the Event Center Nov. 23.

Guys Night Out provided Goodfellow males an opportunity to play free casino games, while learning about sexual assault prevention.

"The reason we are hosting guys night out is because a lot of people focus on sexual assault as a female issue, however, sexual assault does not discriminate based on gender or age," said Donna Casey, 17th TRW SARC . "I want the guys to know that unfortunately it is a problem they have to face. We have survivors telling their stories and experiences. Instead of just listening to a briefing I think a lot of times when a person can hear a personal story they think it could happen to them. "

A 17th TRW senior master sergeant revisited how he was harassed in his past.

"I was coming off a failed engagement and she befriended me and wanted to take me out," he said. "She seemed like a really outstanding person and she invited me to church. I thought 'wow this person is really on the up and up.' Here was the problem guys, I did not have a good wingman and I say this because, everybody but me knew about her dark side and they failed to tell me about it."

He went on to tell the audience about how she started to stalk him and endangered his life.

"When she found out that I didn't want to be anything but friends with her and that I was pursuing somebody else, she didn't like that," he said. "She was a civilian with no ties to the military, but she knew so many military that they would just sign her on to base. She got into the dormitory by telling the bay orderly that she got locked out of her room and they let her into my room. I put the key into my door and I pushed the door open, it was nothing but the grace of god that the keys fell. As I took a knee to pick up my keys and I saw something shinning in my peripheral vision. When I looked she had the point of an iron coming at my head."

He recaped how he dodged it, but said the iron had been turned on and burned his bicep. He raised the sleeve of his shirt to show everyone a scar that she had left. The woman continued to harass him up to the day he was married, by showing up on the church stairway. He finished his speech by letting everyone know that even to this day he is still afraid that she'll find him.

After his speech, a student shared a story about how one of his male friends was raped before entering the military and Staff Sgt. Michael Kelly, 17th TRW Equal Opportunities, told about how he was harassed by one of his previous supervisors.

Once everyone had a chance to share their stories, showing that sexual assault can happen to anyone, the night continued with games, food and prizes for everyone to enjoy.

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