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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

No room for sexual assault/harassment in Army

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No room for sexual assault/harassment in Army

Sexual assault and sexual harassment have no place in our Army. The reduction of incident, with the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual assault, is my number one priority. Soldiers, civilians and Family members must work together to promote and foster a climate that prevents sexual harassment and assault and incorporates response principles as habitual and inherent characteristics of our organizations.

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides an opportunity to refocus our efforts to prevent sexual assault and harassment. The Army theme for the 10th annual SAAM April 2014 is "Speak Up! A Voice Unheard is an Army Defeated." Every member of TRADOC must understand that sexual harassment and sexual assault will not be tolerated, condoned or ignored. As Army professionals, we have a responsibility to engage. If you see sexual harassment or sexual assault - act. If you experience sexual harassment or sexual assault, I urge you to report it and be aware of your rights and the numerous resources available to you.

Agile, adaptive leadership is key to eradicating this horrific crime from our Army. Every commander and leader is responsible for ensuring the TRADOC team fully embraces the Army values, and our team possesses a clear understanding of the requirements to treat each and individual with dignity and respect.

Those serving in positions of trust - recruiters, drill sergeants, AIT platoon sergeants and cadre - have a heightened responsibility as gatekeepers of the profession. We must ensure every member of our TRADOC Family lives and serves in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment and sexual assault.

- Gen. David Perkins TRADOC Commanding General

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