MSCoE CG and CSM Send: Recognizing Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month

By Maj. Gen. Christopher Beck, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge ArzabalaApril 1, 2024

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — April marks National Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month. It serves as an opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment.

This year’s theme is “Change Through Unity: Empower. Protect. Prevent.” It highlights the importance of working together to build a respectful culture for all. Sexual harassment, assault and retaliation degrade trust, negatively impact readiness, and have no place in our military. Each one of us plays an important role in upholding a safe and positive environment. We must live our values, intervene when our high standards are not met and encourage those in your care to do the same. Educate your teams on bystander intervention, reporting processes and available resources. For more information regarding the 2024 SAPPM initiatives, visit the Army Directorate of Prevention, Resilience and Readiness website.

Let’s re-commit to working together to eliminate this problem through education, prevention, investigation, accountability, victim care and advocacy, and continuous assessment. Sexual assault and harassment prevention are critical in protecting all our teammates, maintaining trust and supporting the Army Values.

Trust is the bedrock of our profession. We are grateful for our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and civilians serving this great nation, and we count on each of you to help prevent and eliminate sexual assault, harassment and retaliation, and to build cohesive teams.

For additional information regarding sexual harassment and assault, and types and reporting options, please visit the Fort Leonard Wood SHARP website. For 24/7 immediate and anonymous crisis support, use the Fort Leonard Wood Helpline at 573.855.1327. The Department of Defense Safe Helpline is also available 24/7 at 1.877.995.5247.

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