Army stamps out sexual assault

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Army News Service
News Release

What is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

It’s an opportunity for the Army to re-emphasize its ongoing commitment to eliminate sexual harassment and assault in the Army, and to highlight ongoing initiatives to aggressively address these issues. 

The focus is on prevention, caring for victims, taking appropriate action against Soldiers who commit these offenses, and constant monitoring and refining of our Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.

Soldiers, civilians and family members are encouraged to take part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance activities, and to rededicate efforts toward preventing sexual assault and creating a positive climate that includes a culture of intervention.

What has the Army done?

The Army launched a six-month pilot program, March 1, that gives adult civilian beneficiaries of the military health care system in U.S. Army Europe the opportunity to file a restricted report regarding a sexual assault. 

As opposed to an unrestricted report, a restricted report allows victims to report incidents of sexual assault and seek medical and psychological care without automatically triggering a criminal investigation.

Ongoing initiatives include the “I. A.M. Strong” campaign, where the letters, I, A, and M, stand for Intervene, Act, Motivate. 

The campaign features Soldiers as influential role models and provides peer-to-peer messages outlining the Army’s intent for every Soldier to intervene to protect their comrades.

What will the Army do?

The Army just held its third annual Sexual Harassment Assault Prevention Summit, March 29-April 1, in Virginia.

The conference continued to build on Phase II of the SHARP campaign by promoting Army-wide conviction in stamping out sexual harassment and assault. 

This year’s theme is “Hurts one. Affects all … Preventing sexual assault is everyone’s duty.” 

The annual summit draws leaders from throughout the Army and government sector. It wasn’t merely about disseminating information, but included working groups aimed at further refining the SHARP program and enhancing its overall effectiveness.

Why is this important to the Army?

Sexual harassment and assault are contrary to Army values. It degrades mission readiness by devastating the Army’s ability to work effectively as a team.

From the Army’s perspective, one sexual assault is one too many.


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