Commentary

April 20, 2012

Sexual assault message to Airmen

Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
Air Force Chief of Staff

Fellow Airmen:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month reminds us to renew our collective and individual commitment to our core values and to focus on promoting an environment that prevents sexual assault. Sexual assault is criminal behavior that violates the basic tenets of our profession. There is no place in our Air Force for this crime.

All Airmen have an enduring responsibility to foster a climate of dignity and respect, and one that fosters an environment of accountability in which victims feel comfortable coming forward. We will support and protect the rights of victims and we will provide the best medical, legal, and investigative services available in both the military and civilian communities. As Wingmen and engaged bystanders, we must also intervene when we recognize a potentially unsafe situation emerge so that we ensure the well-being of all Airmen.

Sexual assault directly undermines our core values, erodes the trust and confidence upon which our institution is built, and diminishes our mission readiness. I expect each member of our great Air Force to promote and ensure a culture that does not tolerate sexual assault. Not now, not ever.




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