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January 23, 2007

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Deborah Drucker, SARC

Mike,
Your message came a critical moment. It is very clear and so very true.

I am the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the Naval Submarine Base located in CT. I emphasize "submarine" because 80 percent of the audience I present to is all male.

Recently, the contractor I work for had a teleconference with many of us SARC's located throughout the country to discuss marketing and presenting our program to service members, enlisted and officers. Precisely what you stated in this article resonanted throughout the teleconference.

Many of us, especially those of us from non-military background, feel frustrated by the wall uniforms.

In my situation working in a community dominated by men, who cringe at the thought of being victimized, stereotypes and phobias are the underlying current that runs its course while giving a presentation.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated on how to confront this wall without alienating those I need to reach.

My personal struggle is that I don't want to come across as a "bra-burning" feminist nor do I want to talk meekly about the subject and walk away feeling like I got the job over with, on to the next group.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my struggle.

Respectfully,
Deb Drucker, SARC
NAVSUBASENLON

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