BATTLE CREEK, Michigan –
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Battle Creek, Michigan
My job as a SARC is to be an advocate for victims of sexual assault, and to provide coordination of resources, services, and response form DLA, outside agencies, and law enforcement. I also serve as a subject matter expert to our leadership on trends and issues, and provide education on prevention.
How long have you worked for the federal government including military service? I have worked for the Department of Defense since 2003.
How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services? I have worked for DLA Disposition Services for 2 years.
What is your favorite thing about your line of work? I enjoy helping people, and the work is not always predictable.
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you? My Grandma told me that if I ever loan or give something to someone than be sure to give it as a gift. If I give without expecting anything in return, I will be much happier and not be stressed over expectations. Also, if I cannot live without it or give it as a gift, then I won’t let anyone borrow it and put myself at a disadvantage. This advice has helped me take care of myself and others. It has provided me many surprises when folks have “returned a favor” and I have not expected it.
What are some of the common ways people show support and raise awareness throughout the month of April? People can show support by wearing teal on Tuesdays, and they can raise awareness by having conversations that dispel myths and support survivors.
Why is awareness important? Awareness is critical because knowing about this issue means that if it happened to someone, they would know where to go for help. Many survivors don’t know who they can talk to about their assault, where to turn or even identify that it was an assault. They may feel alone, confused, scared or embarrassed. For survivors and their support people, knowing where to turn to in a crisis is a step that can impact the rest of their journey. Building awareness about sexual violence is also one of the biggest steppingstones in prevention and creating change. Victims need the strength of the community to prevent this crime from happening to others.
Where can associates receive additional information and resources if they or someone they know need assistance? Contact your SARC or call the DLA SAPR Hotline 1-800-841-0937.
If you could talk to all survivors, what is something you would want them to know? You are not alone, and it is never your fault. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to join the military and go on to be an astronaut at NASA.
Who is your hero? My grandfather is my hero. He was a hard worker and a good man.
What are your hobbies? I have a lot of hobbies! I love to learn and explore new things. My favorite hobbies involve my farm, growing veggies and fruits, and raising animals like my Scottish Highland cattle and my chickens.
What is your favorite quote? “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein
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