By MC2 (SW) Justin A. Johndro
SILVERDALE, Wash. — Military and civilian leaders at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Bangor, participated in a Domestic Abuse Awareness 5K run, Oct. 15 at the Bangor Fitness and Aquatics Center.
NBK’s Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Northwest partnered with Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) to host the run, bringing the on-base community together and raising awareness to prevent domestic abuse and educate the community on the many resources available for DoD civilians and service members.
Rear Adm. Jeff Ruth, Commander, Navy Region Northwest, was a guest speaker and appreciated the runners for their support in raising domestic abuse awareness.
“This is a great opportunity to spread the awareness,” said Ruth. “Approximately 150 Sailors are victims of domestic abuse every year, so it’s important to spread the message that domestic violence is a problem.”
Throughout the year, CSADD and FFSC host several events and activities to raise awareness and educate the on-base community.
“Anytime we can bring awareness to something like this and prevent pain and suffering in any family is always important,” said Information System Technician 2nd Class (IDW) Kristina Griffeth, CSADD representative and Copperas Cove, Texas native.
More than 40 Sailors and civilians participated in the run to raise awareness to domestic abuse.
“It was a great day for a run,” said Yeoman 2nd Class (SW) Lionel Cantu, from Uvalde, Texas. “There’s nothing better than running for a cause that can have an impact on so many lives.”
Cantu, one of many participants in the run finished with one of the top 10 times.
“We had a great turnout for this event,” said Griffeth. “I feel our goal of raising awareness around base was met with everyone who participated in the run.”
Although October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, Britt Feldman, Director, FFSC Northwest, says domestic abuse awareness resources are available 24/7 at FFSC, year-round.
“The run is a small part in what we do,” said Feldman. “The biggest thing is making sure victims understand that there is a place for them to go and they are not alone. Domestic violence is not right and it’s not the victim’s fault.
If domestic violence is happening, victims are encouraged to first contact the police (360-396-4444 on-base or 9-1-1 off-base) and then contact FFSC help line at 1-866-854-0638.