JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas— The Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate and Fielded Force Integration Directorate conducted their first Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation signing on March 31 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Col. James Jones, Director, Medical CDID director, and Col. Jon Baker, FFID director, signed the proclamation calling leader engagement crucial to preventing sexual violence and retaliation against those who report or witness an offense.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Prevention Starts With You.”
Jones started the event by sharing a personal story of sexual assault and sexual harassment impacts as an individual, leader, and commander. Jones highlighted the importance of staying vigilant and creating an appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault and foster a personal commitment to prevent and protect all employees.
When it comes to harmful behaviors such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, and associated retaliation, the only person responsible for committing the act is the perpetrator, but all team members are responsible for each other's safety and wellbeing.
Jones stated, "Leaders and staff must build a culture of prevention, awareness, trust, and support that will continue to drive our efforts to protect our squad within MED CDID and FFID."
Baker recalled past units devastated by sexual assault and harassment of Soldiers and civilians. He asked all in attendance to increase their participation in MED CDID and FFID efforts to prevent sexual assault and reaffirm their commitment by signing the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Commitment Pledge.
“Inappropriate behavior or actions will not be tolerated within MED CDID or FFID,” said Baker.
Leaders and Soldiers must work in unison to build camaraderie and trust amongst the ranks. This trust allows teams to focus on mission and unit readiness and eliminate harmful behaviors by preventing sexual harassment, sexual assault, and associated retaliation.