Buddy Aid training recognized for excellence in sexual assault prevention


RAPID CITY, S.D. – Establishing an organization that is optimized to support and sustain the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive sexual assault prevention program can be a long-term undertaking. However one South Dakota Army National Guard soldier has made it her mission to not only develop an effective program but also create a culture change toward prevention in soldiers and units.


The training program is called Buddy Aid, and it aims to operationalize the response to sexual assault and build a culture where no victim walks alone. Developed by Maj. Bridget Flannery, SDARNG sexual harassment, assault, response and prevention (SHARP) master trainer, Buddy Aid is a basic soldier-skill training program that teaches a first responder-style approach to sexual assault. 

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