Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) is observed every April to raise awareness, garner media attention, generate national momentum for preventing sexual violence, and respond to and eliminate sexual harassment and assault in the Army.
The Army’s 2016 SAAPM commemoration theme is: “Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army.” SAAPM provides an opportunity for Commanders, to engage their whole Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Team – Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs), Unit Victim Advocates (UVAs), healthcare providers, law enforcement and criminal investigators, Staff Judge Advocates (SJAs), Chaplains, and PAO – to collaborate with their communities to plan SAAPM activities.
Through these events we hope to achieve an environment free from the threat of sexual assault; where sexist behaviors and sexual harassment are not condoned, tolerated, or ignored; where bystanders intervene; where victims are supported and feel safe to report crimes; and where Commanders hold offenders appropriately accountable. This dedicated effort will demonstrate our collective strength.
The main SAAPM Objectives are:
- Demonstrate the Army’s alignment with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Strategic Plan’s five lines of effort: Prevention, Investigation, Accountability, Advocacy and Assessment.
- Continue educating key audiences about the Army’s goal of eliminating sexual violence and spreading awareness that sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.
- Support the theme in all SAAPM publicity efforts and events.
- Facilitate a SAAPM observance by developing events and/or activities at all levels.
- Encourage active participation at the individual and grassroots levels.
- Recognize achievements and ongoing initiatives to sustain cultural change, prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault, provide support for victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
To get started, host a SAAPM Day of Action event; highlight the 2016 SAAPM Proclamation, signed by the President and/or an Army Senior Leader, invite a Commander to speak, host a viewing of a film such as “The Effects of Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment on the Army Profession,” by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, a live performance of Got Your Back or organize an interactive, educational forum with local and community resources.
Engage your online community by changing your Command’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and social media messaging to SAAPM and your Day of Action event(s) with photos.
The Army is on the offensive in the fight against sexual assault.
The Chief of Staff of the Army, General Mark Milley’s top three priorities are Readiness, Future Army, and Taking Care of the Troops. All of these priorities focus on the Nation’s most valued asset, our people — Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families.
As a Family, we must speak up for victims and survivors, speak loudly about prevention and work until sexual harassment and assault are eliminated within our ranks.
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 108th Training Command (IET), publishes the results of the following action(s):
- A Staff Sergeant assigned to the 397th Regiment, 95th Training Division, was convicted on 18 September 2015 of one specification of rape. The Soldier was sentenced to seven (7) years confinement, issued a dishonorable discharged, reduced to the grade of E-1 with total forfeitures of pay and allowances.
- A Sergeant First Class assigned to the 323rd Regiment, 98th Training Division was issued a GOMOR on 4 December 2015 and involuntary administrative separation proceedings will be initiated for abusive sexual contact.
- The Army is committed to eliminating incidents of sex related crimes through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and follow up. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes. We must all be prepared to act and intervene when something does not seem right. Intervention to prevent sexual harassment and assault, hazing, discrimination or any other crime, misconduct or violation of the Army Values is the standard, and we must all live up to it.