HONOLULU -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month. Regional Health Command-Pacific's (RHC-P) Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson, senior enlisted advisor, joined Soldiers and civilian personnel for the signing of RHC-P's commitment proclamation to prevent sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence remains an intolerable violent crime which impacts mission readiness for our community. Any type of assault disrespects the core values supported and defended by Army Medicine's proud members, civilians and contractors.

RHC-P's leadership and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) staff are dedicated, and encourage, the successful reduction of sexual violence throughout Army Medicine and the Army. This is accomplished through prevention education, increased awareness, and holding offenders who commit acts of violence responsible for their actions.

RHC-P calls upon all personnel and their families to increase their participation in efforts to prevent sexual assault, which strengthens the Army community. If you see an act of sexual violence, or any violence, speak out. Your support for survivors ensures they are given the help they need to survive sexual violence.

"Regional Health Command - Pacific strongly supports the dedicated efforts of our team members who are actively engaged in the prevention, awareness and response efforts surrounding sexual violence," said Master Sgt. Kevin Edmondson, RHC-P SHARP program manager. "The goal of the region, and the Army, is to end sexual violence. If we continue to work towards that goal, it may be attainable."