STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday April 1, 2014

Today's Focus:

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

What is it?

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual observance held during the month of April to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence.

The U.S. Army, in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD), is implementing the new 2014 SAAM theme Speak Up! A Voice Unheard is an Army Defeated, which is designed to strengthen the collective moral and ethical commitment, in keeping with Army Values and Warrior Ethos, to show respect and dignity for every Soldier, Department of the Army Civilian, family member, and the nation.

What is the Army doing?

The Army, along with DOD, began observing SAAM in 2005 to reaffirm its commitment to eradicating sexual assault and sexual harassment in the ranks and within Army communities.

Agencies and organizations throughout the Army plan and execute commemorative activities to celebrate SAAM. Many have partnered with outside organizations to spread awareness through local communities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Through coordinated planning of special events, Army commanders and SHARP proponents will continue to raise awareness, internal and external media attention, and momentum for preventing and ending sexual violence.

Why is this important to the Army?

SAAM is an opportunity to highlight the corrosive effect sexual assault has on Soldiers, unit readiness, team cohesion, command climate, and trust. Sexual harassment and sexual assault violate Army Values and Warrior Ethos, and the nation's trust in leaders. By taking part in SAAM activities, the Army demonstrates its commitment to build and improve the positive climate necessary to prevent the crime of sexual assault and reaffirm the Army's reputation as a mission-ready, values-based organization.


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Focus Quote for the Day

Take back your Army from those who harm or assault our Soldiers. Take back your Army from those who ignore the values and who stain our honor. Take back our Army from those who fail to lead.

- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, refers to sexual assault and harassment as a "stain," in his call to action for eradicating sexual assault and harassment from the U.S. Army. SecArmy along with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, were the featured speakers at Friday's Pentagon ceremony which marked the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month commemoration

SecArmy implores: 'Take back your Army' from sexual predators

Related: Army senior leaders message to commemorate April as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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