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107th Discussion on Identifying Offenders

107th Wing Commander Col John J. Higgins addresses the wing to kick off the SAPR awareness day here at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station on Sept,13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd/Released)

107th Wing Commander Col John J. Higgins addresses the wing to kick off the SAPR awareness day here at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station on Sept,13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd/Released)

107th unit members participate in the 5K Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program run at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station on Sept, 13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Senior Airman Kayla Blake/Released)

107th unit members participate in the 5K Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program run at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station on Sept, 13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Senior Airman Kayla Blake/Released)

Niagara Falls Reserve Station --

Members of the 107th Airlift Wing conducted three hours of training on Identifying Sexual Predators in the Air Force. The 107th aspires to a safe culture among its members and this is one way of keeping Airmen informed. The curriculum consisted of squadron level small group discussions. The discussion included facts about how offenders operate, the devastation they cause and what each Airman can do to deter them.

"We want to create and have a safe culture for our Airmen here at Niagara" said Col. John J. Higgins, 107th Wing Commander. "There is no room for predators in our Air Force."

"A fellow Airman stated during the talk 'We do HAVE sexual offenders in the Air National Guard', and unfortunately this is true.  As a fellow Airman who has been indirectly impacted by sexual assault, I really appreciated being able to actively listen, learn, and contribute." said  Master Sgt. Venita D. Jackson, Military Equal Opportunity Office." Communication is a great tool at our disposal for promoting an environment where it will be harder for predators to prey."

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocates, Chaplain Services and The Wing Director of Psychological Health were available for members needing to talk with someone.

The day ended with a 5K run on the Niagara Falls Reserve Station for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program for the Air Force.