500th MI Bde. reaffirms its mission to end sexual assault

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th MI Bde., signs a SAAPM proclamation that states, “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.”

Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th MI Bde., signs a SAAPM proclamation that states, “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.”

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

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

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

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 SAAPM across the brigade, here, April 3.

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 reads: “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.”

“This proclamation is not just (my) 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,” Wempe said, upon signing.

Wempe then reinforced a brigade touchstone, in that maintaining a culture of excellence takes effort from everyone, and in reference to sexual assault, specifically, 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.

“We have seen many changes to SHARP in the last year,” said Sharon L. Anderson, 500th MI 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 UCMJ, 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, 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 Soldiers do in the work place matters.

“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.

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