460th Space Wing and COANG join SARC Forces
By Airman Nigel R. Sims, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 07, 2011
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Sexual assault has been a subject that members of Team Buckley take very seriously and work very hard to prevent.
Recently, Team Buckley's very own Peggy Moore-McCoy, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, has united with Maj. Alisa Englert, Colorado National Guard Sexual Response Coordinator, in a common effort to utilize resources and create a joint service in sexual assault response.
People have many different reasons for accepting the task to become the base Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
"For me, there was a need," said Mrs. McCoy. "I started out my career with a community-based domestic program. This gave me the basis and foundation for what I do now. This position seemed like a great way to help the military, so I made that transition from community to military.
"I saw it as an opportunity to support and help our service members who fall victim to this crime," said Major Englert. "Not only is this program the next chapter in my career, it is also a non-typical position and a way of impacting the Colorado National Guard and all of our service members."
While working as advocates, both coordinators have become more aware of different issues that service members struggle with today.
"I have been a soldier in the military, but it wasn't until doing this job and looking at the statistics before I realized the scale of the problem of sexual assault in the military," said Major Englert. "Regardless of how close you are to one another, people don't always talk about sexual assault. About one in four women and 1 in 23 men are victims."
"Male victimization is definitely a pressing issue," said Mrs. McCoy. Male victims certainly exist in the military, as well. Society often depicts victims as female, but we've seen an increase in reports by male survivors. We need to ensure that we are paying attention and offering services to all survivors, regardless of gender.
Sexual Assault is an ongoing issue that many bases struggle with and there are many different ways service members can help in the fight against this problem, such as becoming an advocate.
"In the military this work becomes an additional duty," said Major Englert. "We tell new advocates all the time that your middle name just became 'flexible', because you have to be in order to do this job.
"You have to put aside biases, cultural beliefs and be open to the survivor," said Major Englert. "Self care is huge. You have to be able to take care of yourself or there's no way you can do this work."