STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
What is it?
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) is observed every April to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence. The Army's 2015 SAAPM theme is "Not in My Squad. Not in Our Army. We Are Trusted Professionals."
This theme emphasizes the ethical commitment each member of the total Army Family, from the squad level on up, must adopt to ensure every Soldier, Department of the Army Civilian, and their Family members are treated with dignity and respect.
What has the Army done?
The Army, in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD), began observing SAAPM, previously called "Sexual Assault Awareness Month (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 SAAPM. 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?
SAAPM 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 the core Army Values, the Warrior Ethos, and the nation's trust in leaders. By taking part in SAAPM activities, the Army demonstrates its commitment to cultivating a culture focused on trust, dignity and respect that reaffirms the Army's reputation as a mission-ready, values-based organization.
- Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention
- - Army 2015 SAAPM
- Ready and Resilient - Personnel Readiness
- Army Values
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- - Smartphone app aids victims of sexual assault
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Focus Quote for the Day
[Not in My Squad. Not in Our Army. We Are Trusted Professionals.] is a bottom-up approach to sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention. It's also about everything in regard to the Army profession, and getting our subordinate leaders - those first line-level leaders who have direct influence over their Soldiers every day, to take ownership of this problem - sexual assault.