Annual Benefit Luncheon
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a time to focus national attention on the realities of sexual violence and to promote safe, respectful relationships. In Hawai'i, The Sex Abuse Treatment Center joins with other groups and organizations in April to create awareness and to motivate residents to take action to create a safe, sexual violence free Hawai'i.
This year, members of SATC joined military representatives, state and local public officials, and community leaders at Honolulu Hale to be present as Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Front row (left to right): Adriana Ramelli, SATC Executive Director; Allison Aosved, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, Veterans Affairs (Tripler); Carol Fukunaga, Honolulu City Council Member (District 6); Paula Chun, Hawai'i Coalition Against Sexual Assault Executive Director; Jason Ledford, Victim Advocate, U.S. Army (Schofield)
Middle row (left to right): Louis M. Kealoha, Honolulu Police Department Chief; Major General Daryll Wong, Adjutant General, Hawaii Air National Guard; Captain Mark S. Manfredi, Chief of Staff, Navy Region Hawaii; Lieutenant Colonel Carolyn Bird, Headquarters Battalion Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor; Master Sergeant Tyrone Redding, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Army National Guard; Keith M. Kaneshiro, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney; Tonia Mahi, Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services Section Administrator; Dennis Dunn, Victim Witness Kokua Services Director (Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney) (with Pono, Honolulu's Courthouse Dog)
Back row (left to right): Breene Harimoto, Honolulu City Council Member (District 8); Ron Menor, Honolulu City Council Member (District 9); Joey Manahan, Honolulu City Council Member (District 7); Colonel John Roscoe, 15 Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force; Colonel Douglas Lamberth, 515 Air Mobility Operations Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force; Ernest Y. Martin, Honolulu City Council Chair (District 2); Dr. Robert Bidwell, SATC Physician
In addition, several military groups donated to SATC proceeds collected from their SAAM fundraisers. Thank you to the Army's Delta Company, 53rd Signal Battalion (SATCON); Tripler Army Medical Center; the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard; and both of the Junior Enlisted Associations from Naval Health Clinic Hawai'i and Commander Pacific Fleet.
Wahine Surfing Classic
Every summer surfing competition promoter China Uemura donates proceeds from his Wahine Surfing Classic to The Sex Abuse Treatment Center. China, former champion longboard surfer, created the competition after a SATC public service announcement on TV struck a cord with him. "I heard about kids getting sexually abused... and I wanted to help them and let parents know there's a place they can go for help if something like this happens. I also knew community agencies like SATC always need more money... a surf competition was a way to spread the word and also raise some money for them."
For information about the Wahine Surfing Classic visit China's website: www.chinauemura.com