Cheyenne military members hold 3rd annual 5K event
Apr 10, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Nearly 700 local military and non-military members participated in Cheyenne’s annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness 5K ruck, run or walk Saturday at the Cheyenne Depot.
“I’ll be honest, part of me wishes I wasn’t here today because we’re recognizing a problem we have,” said, Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander and race participant. “It’s not a military problem, it’s a societal problem. Events like this give us awareness.”
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, a sexual assault happens every 98 seconds in America and one in every six women will be victimized in their lifetime. Today’s event gave military organizers an opportunity to show that sexual assault isn’t tolerated within its ranks and that the local military supports victims.
“The message quickly becomes, ‘not in my squad.’ It’s not who we are and it’s not what we want,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming adjutant general.
The SAPR 5K ruck, run or walk is an annual event held every April, during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. For more information, visit the 153rd Airlift Wing’s website at www.153aw.ang.af.mil.