"Sometimes I don't think you young people realize what a true treasure you are and what a great gift you give to the American people. Three hundred million Americans are being protected by 1.2 million men and women who have a sense of patriotism. This country owes you a debt of gratitude."-Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Richard Cody speaking during a visit to Fort Hood on October 2, 2006.
Army Reserve: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
What is it? The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is designed to reduce or eliminate incidents of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army Reserve's standards and values by serving and supporting United States Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers through a comprehensive program that promotes victim advocacy, awareness, education, prevention and response to enhance well-being, Soldier retention, mission readiness, and community interaction.
What has the Army Reserve done? The USAR has established a policy that emphasizes the USAR's commitment to eliminating incidents of sexual assault. The USAR has trained 12 sexual assault response coordinators to provide advocacy service to Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault. A sexual assault response coordinator is located at each regional readiness command and will provide this service to all Soldiers within their immediate geographical region. In addition, the USAR will have up to 2,200 victim advocates to assist the sexual assault response coordinators in providing advocacy service to Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault. A primary and alternate unit victim advocate is located at each Reserve center to ensure victims are given immediate assistance.
What efforts does the Army Reserve plan to continue in the future? The Army Reserve recognizes that education of Soldiers is critical to accomplishing the mission of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. The program requires that all Soldiers receive the Sexual Assault Awareness education annually. April each year has been designated as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month and will be dedicated to promoting the goals of the program and showcasing the benefits to Soldiers.
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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.