Monday, April 2, 2012

April is Navy Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Ensure Sailors understand:

• Sexual assault is a crime that will not be tolerated.
• The Department of the Navy is taking action to eliminate sexual assault from our ranks.
• The goal of this year’s SAAM campaign is to heighten awareness and prevention efforts.
• Eliminating sexual assault from our ranks is an all hands effort that is leadership driven.
• Leadership will support victims, hold offenders appropriately accountable, and ensure all parties receive due process of law.
• “Small,” negative behaviors, such as sexist comments and crude jokes, initiate a continuum of harm that encourages sexual harassment and sexual assault.
• Every member of the Navy-Marine Corps team is responsible for creating a command climate that is intolerant of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
• Successfully functioning and mission-ready commands are focused on trusted professional relationships that are respectful of individual dignity and diversity.

Help stop Sailor on Sailor crime !!


Anonymous said...

A 2011 Pentagon report estimates the number of sexual assaults that occur each year in the services is 19,000.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in January that the Pentagon plans to launch new initiatives this year to curb sexual assault in the military.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Pogo was right when he stated some years ago that “We have met the enemy, and he is us”. Pogo’s author may have stolen the basic concept of those words from a Navy hero, and it matters not who that hero was or the event that generated those words that have the same meaning today. A Sailor/Marine has to determine who that enemy really is; is it that individual who is subjected to Captains Mast for his offence, or is it the high superiors who have forced the conditions on those individuals that created the problem?

The same high ranking individual that sees these assaults as a major problem, could have very likely assisted in creating the problem. Other recent words put out by this individual said. The United Nations should determine if the United States should go to war in a foreign country, not the Congress of the United States. Can a person who says such things be trusted to follow his oath of office? Being just a simple enlisted man for a Navy career I thought all delegates to federal office and position from top to bottom, swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution is clear as to who is given the power to declare war, and that is not up to an individual to assume that responsibility.

I only served 24 years in the Navy and I do not recall sexual assault as being a problem to any command I served at, in fact I do not recall any alleged charges being made toward an individual of that command concerning sexual assault. I will leave you with Pogo’s words, “We have met the enemy, and he is us”.

Very Respectfully,

CNO said...

"I am convinced that our unit commanders and senior enlisted leaders do not understand the significance of this issue, and do not place this high on their agenda."

Anonymous said...

Navyman834, what are you trying to say? That sexual assaults are a result of our foreign policy? A unique proposition.
Regards, Mr. Pulver

SAL said...

Saying that your Commanding Officers and Command Master Chiefs can't find their a55 with both hands is not it.

Vesta Duvall said...

““Small,” negative behaviors, such as sexist comments and crude jokes, initiate a continuum of harm that encourages sexual harassment and sexual assault.” - This is true! It's a common misconception that an act of sexual harassment is limited to abusive physical contacts. Ignoring such 'small' offensive behaviors would only encourage the perpetrator to push through with his malicious intentions
– Vesta Duvall @