Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: Step forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate.

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  • By Capt. Samantha Van Vynck
  • Hill Deputy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

The 2024 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month campaign is “Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate.” Our theme is a call to action for individuals at all levels of leadership to use their personal strength to advance positive change in preventing sexual violence.

Prevention is one of the Air Force’s number one priorities throughout the year, not just during April’s awareness month. Discussing and supporting the development of healthy, respectful, and safe relationships can help reduce the occurrence of sexual assault and prevent its harmful and long-lasting effects on individuals, their families, their units, and communities where they live.

We ask that you join us in taking a “Step Forward” and highlight the power of acts that can bolster prevention, increase reporting, and promote advocacy for a safer DoD community.

This year the Hill Air Force Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office and our community partners are putting on a series of awareness and outreach events available to all personnel and their families. The events include:

April 1

Paint the Town Teal: The SAPR office and Volunteer Victim Advocates from across base will being hanging teal ribbons and banners to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

April 1-30

SAAPM Social Media Photo Booth: The SAPR office will have a free photo station set up at various locations on the installation for participants to post on Facebook amd Instagram throughout the month of April to engage the installation and community in SAAPM.

  • Week 1-2: Customer Support Center, building 430
  • Week 3: AAFES Main Exchange
  • Week 4: The Landing

April 2 (7-9 a.m., Hill Aerospace Museum)

SAAPM Breakfast & Proclamation Signing: Join us for a complimentary breakfast and special presentation by Rabbi Avremi Zippel. Rabbi Zippel is a passionate voice and advocate for sexual assault survivors, dedicating himself to empowering survivors, uplifting their voices, and continuing to build towards a world free from the horrors of abuse.

Rabbi Zippel will speak for an hour before we transition to our proclamation signing declaring April 2024 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and award presentation honoring our Annual SAPR Award nominees. Attendance will be capped at 150. Register at

April 24

Denim Day: Dress in denim and participate in the longest-running sexual violence awareness and education campaign to highlight the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. For more information about Denim Day, visit

April 25 (9-10:30 a.m., Hill Chapel’s Fellowship Hall)

Trauma-Informed Leadership Presentation: The presentation will take place from 9-10-:30 a.m. with questions to follow from 10:30-11 a.m. and will feature Trent Dressen, Utah Prosecution Council’s Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Resource Prosecutor.

Dressen will provide an in-depth look at how the brain responds to trauma and how leaders can provide trauma-informed response and support to survivors of sexual assault. All are welcome to attend. Register at

For more information about these observance month events, please contact the SAPR office at 801-777-1985 or