by Senior Airman Duane Duimstra
114th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
9/25/2015 - Joe Foss Field, S.D. -- The
founder of Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment spoke to members of
the South Dakota Air and Army National Guard, and members of the
community here Sept 10, to talk about how our culture perceives victims
of sexual assault and ways to prevent these perceptions.
Angela Rose spoke about her experiences highlighting ways our community
could prevent sexual assaults from happening and how to help victims.
Her presentation was part of the training for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Victim's Advocates.
"We decided to bring Angela in because of her personal experience as a
victim and an advocate. Our focus was to make the training different and
engaging which Angela accomplished without question," said Maj. Travis
Schuring, 114th Fighter Wing executive support officer and SARC.
At the age of 17, Rose was a victim of kidnapping and was assaulted by a
repeat sex-offender. Her experience led her to create PAVE to increase
sexual assault awareness and help victims heal.
"I really admire the victim empowerment, and who better to have the
knowledge come from, than a victim." said Abbey Rotter, 114th Fighter
Wing knowledge operations manager, about the PAVE program. "I also
agree with her stance on education; education is key and her campaigning
to push the message down, all the way to middle schools, is
A guest panel of community leaders was held to discuss the issue of
sexual assault and the organizations and programs the city of Sioux
Falls has that are combating this problem. The panel was made up of
Sandra Minter, Sanford Health Academic Affairs, Sara Krekelberg and
Melissa Muggs, from the Compass Center, Ashley McDonald, attorney for
the South Dakota Department of Corrections in the State Penitentiary,
and Maj. Travis Schuring.
"I was really intrigued by listening to Ashley McDonald and her
perspective on rehabilitating offenders and what is happening inside the
facility walls," said Rotter.
The presentation was helpful for everyone in attendance. It gave the
attendees a better understanding of ways to prevent assaults from
happening and ways to help victims.