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Bonfire symbolizes sex assault fight

Published: April 22, 2014, 10:34 am, by Tom Roeder

PrintAir Force Academy cadets and leaders held an April 17 bonfire to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The event held on the terrazzo in the cadet area on campus featured speeches from the school’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, and the dean, Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost.
The bonfire was a symbol for “Take Back the Night” a ritual that began in California that’s intended to raise awareness of violence and sex crimes.
“The Air Force Academy, home to 4000 cadets and several thousand military and civilian employees, fosters a safe environment with a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct,” the academy said in a news release.
“A bonfire will be lit by General Johnson as the cadet wing joins together to affirm their motto of maintaining a ‘Culture of Respect,’ and take back the night,” the academy said.