Fort Riley Centralizes Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Fort Riley is striving to improve its services to survivors of sexual assault.

Wednesday morning the First Infantry Division opened the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center inside Adams Hall.

At the center, a multi-disciplinary staff will provide all necessary support and advocacy services.

"I wish this wasn’t an issue. I wish we treated each other with dignity and respect all the time," said Commanding General Paul Funk II. "Now the vast majority of our soldiers do that, but we do have problems, and when we do we’ve got to address it. This is a critical resource for the victims and the victim’s families. That’s what this means to me."

The center will ensure a coordinated and effective intervention system that will maintain complete and accurate case investigations.

Eight staff members including three victim advocates will maintain the facility, as well as a Criminal Investigation Division special agent assigned to the Special Victim Unit.

"What we’ve been able to do and put together here is one place for them to come and feel safe, feel comfortable," said Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Aiden Hinkley. "And they can talk to the special victim council to make sure that their rights are being looked after."

Hours for the center will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during all duty days.