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Edition: Thu, October 23, 2008
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Sexual Assault Prevention Web site Launch

What is it?

The Army has launched a new and improved Sexual Assault Prevention program Web site as part of its new I.A.M. Strong sexual assault prevention campaign. The website link can be found below under Resources.

What has the Army done?

The Army sexual assault prevention program is built on a bedrock of Army values, with Army leaders ensuring Army-wide commitment to ending sexual assault in our Army. Over the next five years, we will build on the first phase-leadership commitment, with three follow on phases in implementing this plan. Phase two includes education and training of Soldiers to ensure they understand the responsibility to intervene, to stop sexual assault and sexual harassment. In phase three, our goal is the establishment of an Army culture that intervenes to stop sexual assault and harassment in our Army. The final phase will grow and sustain the program through engagement and program refinement.

On Sept. 9, 2008, the Army launched its I.A.M. Strong program. Rooted in Army values, I.A.M. Strong demonstrates appropriate intervention behaviors to those confronted by a situation that may lead to a sexual assault. The acronym stands for Intervene, Act and Motivate (I.A.M. Strong) and will give Soldiers the tools they need to stop sexual assaults.

Why is this important to the Army?

Sexual harassment left unchecked can lead to the crime of sexual assault. Sexual harassment and sexual assault hurts individual Soldiers and civilians, units and organizations at all levels. Our ultimate goal is to end sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Army and make the Army sexual assault prevention program a model for the rest of the nation.

Resources:

- New Sexual Assault Prevention Web site

- Current SAPR training DVD content and supporting materials

- Commander's sexual assault victim assistance checklist

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- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

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- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

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