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Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army

In April, the U.S. Army will observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The theme will be "Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army." Carlisle Barracks will recognize this important month with a series of events, starting with ribbons being handed out at the gates, followed by a proclamation signing and food sampling in Bliss Hall Foyer starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3.

Events scheduled include:

·         April 3: Teal Ribbon Day-giving ribbons at the gates at 7 - 8a.m.

·         April 3: Proclamation Signing and food sampling 11 a .m. Bliss Hall Foyer.

·         April 20: Brown Bag Lunch and Learn 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 46 Ashburn Dr, Anne Ely Hall Classroom 202.

·         April 22: 5K SAPR Run at Ft. IndianTown Gap

o    The Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Program will host a Fun Run 5K to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness month. The event will take place at the Memorial Lake Park in Fort Indiantown Gap. All are invited to participate and support the event. To register visit

o    Registration is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged. All donations will go to support the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties. Please refer to the link below to learn more about the work SARCC does in our local communities.

o    Registration confirmation starts at 11 a.m., race starts at noon.


·         April 26: Denim Day

o    An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

o    He appeals the sentence. The case makes it’s all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

o    Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

o    This year Carlisle Barracks is participating in Denim Day, a rape prevention education campaign. We are asking community members, to make a social statement with their fashion statement—and wear jeans as a visible protest against myths that surround sexual assault.