500th MI Bde. signs SHARP proclamation

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Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th MI Bde., signs a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th MI Bde., signs a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Calder, senior enlisted adviser, representing the Soldiers and civilians of the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, signed a proclamation outlining that April be declared Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month across the 500th MI Bde., April 3, here.

This year’s theme for SAAPM is “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part, Do Your Part.”

Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Calder, senior enlisted advisor, 500th MI Bde., signs a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the core Army’s values.” (photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Calder, senior enlisted advisor, 500th MI Bde., signs a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the core Army’s values.” (photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

In keeping with this theme, Soldiers and civilians gathered in the brigade’s conference room to stand witness to the signing of a unique 500th MI Bde. SAAPM proclamation.

The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.”

Upon signing the proclamation, Wempe remarked, “This proclamation is not just Col. Wempe’s pledge to stop sexual assault and harassment in our ranks. This is a representation of the commitment by our entire brigade, of Soldiers, family members and civilian employees, to end sexual assault and harassment.”

He then reinforced a brigade touchstone in that maintaining a culture of excellence takes effort from everyone, and in reference to sexual assault, specifically, he said, “We need to make sure that we as an organization and as an Army get this absolutely right. … The Army has processes in place to make sure justice is done once a perpetrator has been found guilty; however, we need to get better at how we support the victim.”

To support victims of sexual assault or harassment, the Army has made some adjustments.

The Commander Col. Patrick J. Wempe and Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Calder along with Soldiers from 500th MI Bde., listen while Sharon L. Anderson, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 500th Bde., discusses Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. Members of the brigade gathered in the brigade conference room to witness the signing of a SAAPM proclamation stating that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

The Commander Col. Patrick J. Wempe and Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Calder along with Soldiers from 500th MI Bde., listen while Sharon L. Anderson, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 500th Bde., discusses Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. Members of the brigade gathered in the brigade conference room to witness the signing of a SAAPM proclamation stating that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

“We have seen many changes to the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Reporting Program in the last year,” said Sharon L. Anderson, 500th Bde. Sexual Assault Response coordinator. “Two of those changes are instituting company level SHARP advisers who will be responsible for providing training to their units and advising the unit commander, and that under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, no Soldier may retaliate against a victim, an alleged victim or another member of the armed forces based on that individual’s report of a criminal offense”

Anderson continued, “Our challenge is to change the culture, the attitude and perceptions (about SHARP), but we have to change behavior in order to change culture. In the end, I want our Soldiers to know it’s their actions that will change the culture of sexual assault and sexual harassment.”

What we do in the workplace matters, he explained.

Chief Warrant Officer Rickey N. Reddick, a Ga. native, human resources technician, 500th MI Bde., reads a portion of the Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention Month proclamation during the proclamation signing, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer Rickey N. Reddick, a Ga. native, human resources technician, 500th MI Bde., reads a portion of the Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention Month proclamation during the proclamation signing, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Apr. 3. The proclamation states that, “Eliminating sexual assault requires every Soldier, family member and civilian employee to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding the Army’s core values.” (Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

“We at the brigade want every Solider, civilian and family member to understand they matter, actions matter, and together we can do our part to eliminate sexual assault,” said Anderson.

 

 

• More Online
For more information about SHARP, SAAPM, or sexual assault or harassment, visit www.sexualassault.army.mil/index.cfm or www.sapr.mil/index.php/saapm.

 • The Proclamation

500th MI Bde. Signed Proclamation for SAAPM

500th MI Bde. Signed Proclamation for SAAPM

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