By MC1 Brian Reynolds
CNRSE Public Affairs
Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) brought together sexual assault response coordinators (SARC) and victim advocates in an annual peer-to-peer training and networking session at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Feb. 27 to March 1.
Tina Vaughn, the CNRSE regional SARC, collaborated with Capt. Chuck Marks, the U.S. Fleet Forces sexual assault and prevention (SAPR) officer, and Ana-Christina Hicks, a civilian career resilience coach, to create an enriched and customized training that involved SARCs from naval installations spanning the Southeast region.
Vaughn said that the event was well received by the attendees.
"Overwhelmingly, the attendees felt very grateful for the opportunity to devote time to their professional growth, as well as the chance to work so closely, and in person, with their peers," said Vaughn.
Marks and Hicks were the guest speakers for the three-day event. Marks' portion of the
training involved a historical perspective of the Navy's SAPR program, spanning from 2008 to the present day. Hicks' portion brought to light specific tools that SARCs can use to sustain personal and professional resilience.
Vaughn said that the training not only gave the attendees a deeper insight of where the Navy SAPR program has been and where it is going, but also offered SARCs a perspective of their place in the SAPR program and how their role can affect the future of it.
"The SARCs and [command victim advocates] garnered a deeper understanding of the Navy culture and and SAPR program that they work within to better understand the way forward, and where they fit in that trajectory," said Vaughn.
Given the sensitive nature of the sometimes graphic situations that SAPR victim advocates and SARCs deal with, the job can take an emotional toll. However, the event gave representatives the tools to overcome and remain resilient.
"For these personnel who are rather consistently enmeshed in trauma and trauma response, we gave them tools to help sustain their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual resilience and balance in order to better serve our Sailors who seek their support in the aftermath of an assault."
The Navy's SAPR program's mission is to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from its ranks through a balance of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness.