Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Jennifer Schoen is passionate about her role with the NPS campus and the greater NSAM community.
With three years of experience at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., and years of past experience in the mental health field and child protective services, her drive is simply to help others.
Since joining NSAM in September of 2017, Schoen has been spreading her message to build awareness of the issue, and ultimately to prevent sexual assault in the service and beyond.
“This year’s theme, ‘Protecting Our People, Protects Our Mission: Raise Your Voice for Prevention,’ is a reminder for all of us to take care of each other. I can’t say it enough ... See something, say something,” said Schoen.
Joining Schoen is a team of 12 uniformed, trained Victim Advocates, who volunteer and respond to those who have been sexually assaulted.
“Prevention is key when combating sexual assault,” said Schoen. “As the SARC, I am here to advocate, and ensure survivors are supported and provided with service referrals to start on the road to recovery, but I am also an advocate for safety and intervention.”
Schoen’s message to the campus has been loud and clear, support sexual assault prevention and raise your voice. You can also show your support by picking up a teal colored pinwheel at the Dudley Knox Library or Fleet and Family Service Center at La Mesa Housing. And there’s one more opportunity to check out Schoen’s information booth on campus, Thursday, April 26, at the Starbucks Quad.