JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Members of Joint Base Charleston play test a sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) training module which is currently being developed for use, July 15, 2021.
The Air Mobility Command (AMC) partnered with a contracted company called Moth + Flame to develop SAPR specific skill based modules.
“This is really an innovative way that we want to receive sexual assault prevention response training,” said Carmen Schott, AMC SAPR program manager. “We want Airmen to be engaged while enjoying the SAPR training, remembering the reporting options and the resources that are available. This virtual reality platform is really for Airmen to be in the experience of helping an Airman in need, and getting comfortable asking tough questions and having difficult conversations that they're not typically used to having.”
This project from Moth + Flame and AMC has been in development since January of 2021. During development Schott said there were challenges.
“We had to educate a lot about explaining our processes, the policies and the definitions of acronyms,” she said. “A civilian company might not know what they mean. We had to really get them up to speed with what we do in the Air Force.”
1st Lt. Xavier Bell, a section commander assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, said he thinks this training is a step into the future.
“Since we as an Air Force are heading into more of a technological age, everything is going more digital,” he said. “This is falling right in line with the vision that we have to keep up with everyone else.”
After play testing the training module itself, Col. Marc Greene, commander of the 628th Air Base Wing and Joint Base Charleston said, “I thought it was a necessary next step. I thought that was a great way to embrace new technologies to better prepare our youngest Airmen in particular for that conversation when it comes to standing.”
Members of SAPR aim to spread awareness and help victims in need due to sexual assault. For more information go to: https://www.sapr.mil