Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher
Army News Service
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno has released a podcast that discusses Army values and sexual assault and harassment prevention.
Odierno recorded the podcast during his tour of the European theater, April 3. The podcast can be viewed on the U.S. Army Europe YouTube channel.
“(Sexual assault and sexual harassment) are inconsistent with our values. It’s not consistent with the trust we expect to have between Soldiers,” Odierno said. “As part of the Army profession, it really is about our values, our moral and ethical values. It is also about what I consider to be the basic component and fundamental foundation of the profession, which is trust.”
Through the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program, the Army can reinforce its commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment through awareness and prevention, training, victim advocacy, reporting and accountability.
The Army remains committed in this effort to eliminate incidents of sexual assaults and educate Soldiers, civilians and family members through intervention, prevention and reporting procedures.
“It is important during this month that we reflect on this and we try to do everything we can to ensure that all Soldiers, male or female, feel comfortable serving,” Odierno said.
Sexual assault and harassment are incomprehensible and inconsistent with Army values, Odierno said, and ending this misconduct is a responsibility that belongs to everyone.
(Editor’s Note: Fletcher writes for U.S. Army-Europe Public Affairs in Heidelberg, Germany.)
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or SAAM, is an annual campaign to raise public awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence.
As a public health, human rights and social justice issue, sexual violence affects many and has secondary and tertiary effects on society.
•The Department of the Army’s SAAM observance is in its eighth year.
The campaign continues to convey the Army’s commitment to achieve cultural change by eradicating sexual assault and sexual harassment through its prevention, investigation, prosecution and survivor support/protection efforts.
•The Army’s 2012 SAAM proclamation and theme, “Achieving Cultural Change through Dignity and Respect,” is designed to strengthen leaderships commitment at all levels and reinforce the importance of respect and dignity.
•The Army has significantly raised awareness about sexual harassment and sexual assault through the proliferation of required training in all units, in primary military education courses, and among first responders.
•The Army will continue to aggressively address sexual harassment and sexual assault issues.
Senior Army leaders consider the sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention strategy an integral part of the Profession of Arms doctrine.
(Editor’s Note: Information compiled by the Department of the Army Public Affairs.)