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Promoting Sexual Health of Sailors and Marines

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By Michael R. (Bob) MacDonald, MS, CHES, manager, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center April is Sexual Health Month. Let’s all commit to doing one thing to help our people protect their sexual health. People in the business of keeping healthy Sailors and Marines healthy spend much time talking […]

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SAAM, SAPR And SAFE Are More Than Just Acronyms

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By Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs and Lt. Ken Padgett, NHB Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Coordinator   Our hope is that the acronyms SAAM, SAPR and SAFE are not just disregarded abbreviations of military jargon, but that each immediately bring an understanding that sexual assault is a crime. That is our goal for […]

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What do I do if I am Sexually Assaulted?

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By Lt. Cmdr. Cindi Palacios, sexual assault prevention and response officer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery If you have been sexually assaulted or think you have been, go to a safe location away from the perpetrator. If you want to talk with someone or want assistance, you have individuals who are ready to […]

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Sexual Assault: What You Should Know About the SAFE Exam

Lt. Cmdr. Linda Huber, department head, Marine-Centered Medical Home, Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, is a trained Sexual Assault Forensics Examiner. (Courtesy photo)

By Cmdr. Kristie A. Robson, department head, clinical programs, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery What do you do if someone says they are having chest pain? Most bystanders will immediately call 911. Now, what do you do if your shipmate or loved one says that they have been sexually assaulted?  This is a […]

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Battling PTSD and Sexual Assault in the Combat Zone

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By Cmdr. Jean Fisak, NC, USN, deputy director, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a term that everyone in the military community has become very familiar with. The association between combat stress and a heightened risk of developing PTSD is well known. In fact, PTSD has come to […]

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