Commentary

April 4, 2014

“Speak Up! A Voice Unheard is an Army Defeated”

In April, the Army and the Nation it serves, observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Under this year’s theme, “Speak up! A voice unheard is an Army defeated,” we reinforce our determination to take the offensive in the fight against sexual assault. We stress the critical role of every member of the Army Family to prevent sexual assault and advocate for the victims and survivors of these crimes.

Although the Army implements a robust Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program year-round, April provides an additional opportunity for all Army leaders to raise awareness, promote action and encourage bystanders to intervene and survivors to report crimes. Sexual assault is a national problem that affects civilian and military communities alike. When sexual assault occurs within the Army, it compromises our force readiness and capability to successfully achieve missions. More importantly, it lessens America’s trust in our ability to keep its sons and daughters safe. That is unacceptable.

The Army continues to combat sexual harassment and assault through the “I.A.M. (Intervene-Act-Motivate) Strong” campaign. We’ve made exceptional progress to include an unprecedented number of program and policy initiatives — more than 30 this past year. As we continue to lean forward in this enduring priority, all Army leaders must set conditions for a positive command climate.

Soldiers must uphold the ideal that defending a Nation built on the principals of freedom, justice and liberty for all leaves no place for sexual assault.

Only by working together will we achieve an environment free of sexual harassment and assault where inappropriate behaviors are not condoned, tolerated or ignored, where bystanders intervene, where victims are supported and feel safe to report crimes and where commanders hold offenders appropriately accountable. As an Army Family, we must commit to speaking up and making our voices heard to prevent and defeat this insider threat.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
haynes3_62415_lakosil

Family, faith, focus Resiliency helps Soldier heal from extensive combat wounds

Maj. Jeremy Haynes, Warrior Transition Brigade, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, and wife Chelsea speak with Capt. Kate Degategno, Alpha Company, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, in Alvarado Hall, F...
 
 

National Safety Month – June 2015

During the past 10 years fatal Army accidents have declined significantly, both on and off duty. That trend has persisted through years of combat operations and continues now as we remain committed on multiple continents in support of National Defense objectives. Army leaders, Soldiers and Army Civilians have worked hard to make this possible. Thank...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

Employees have right of union representation

Courtesy graphic Bargaining unit employees who need to visit the American Federation of Government Employees Union, Local 1662, will now find the office in Nealis Barracks, Building 52204, on Cushing Street across from the Thun...
 

 

Presidential Proclamation LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and...
 
 

Presidential Proclamation — National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015 NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION This year, approximately one in five American adults — our friends, colleagues, and loved ones — will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress, and many others will be troubled by significant emotional and psychological distress, especially in times of difficulty. For most of these...
 
 
Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro, USAF

Emerging from the fog: A story of loss, healing, new beginnings

Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro, USAF Avery Lokowich gives her dad, Lt. Col. Luke Lokowich, the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron commander and a U-2 pilot, a hug after her softball game April 25 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Avery is the ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>