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

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

The Army, along with DoD, began observing SAAM in 2005. SAAM aims 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 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.

The Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington is holding a special training event in conjunction with SAAM. JFHQ-NCR/MDW is hosting a presentation by Monika Korra (see related links), who will share her story of survival and healing with Soldiers and staff on April 11 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. and later the same day at Fort Meade, Md.