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Attack On Sexual Assault

A Texoma taxi company has joined a campaign to help airmen at Sheppard Air Force Base report sexual assault.

Kevin Callahan, General Manager and Owner at Skylark Taxi in Wichita Falls, is allowing SAFB to plaster decals with important numbers to report sexual assault in all of his company’s taxi cabs.

“By putting these in the car at the request of the general, I think it does give them [airmen] the ability to see that from somewhere other than the base itself,” said Callahan. 

Callahan said the airmen at SAFB are a big part of his business and he just wanted to lend a helping hand.

“We have a really good relationship with the airmen here in Wichita Falls,” said Callahan. “We haul a lot of the airmen. We want to make sure that they know there is an outlet for them.”

Capt. Angela Naval, Deputy Assault Response Coordinator at SAFB, said “sexual assault itself is not specific to any place.”

Capt. Naval said issues like sexual assault may have been difficult to discuss in the past, but the military is working to change that culture.   

“It’s uncomfortable for people to even talk about, and that’s why we’re trying to change the attitude that if something happened, and you need to talk, there are people out there to talk to,” said Capt. Naval.

Sheppard Air Force Base is working to create an environment where airmen where airmen feel comfortable to report sexual abuse.

Capt. Naval said the awareness campaign,“just another reminder to the airmen that if they need help, that they have a place to go. If we make a difference in one person’s life, I think it’s worth putting in the cars and broadcasting the information to make people aware that there is an outlet for them.”

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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