Sexual Assault Has No Pace in the US Armed Forces!

The Department of Defense’s sexual assault policy is that this crime has no place in the United States Armed Forces.

In April, during sexual assault awareness month, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey made a plea for help about a problem that erodes trust in our joint forces. That is the problem of sexual assault- more specifically the problem of sexual assault in the military.

The release of the DOD’s fiscal 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military this past May confirmed just how staggering  CJCS Dempsey’s plea really was and currently is. In 2012, there were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving service members. The report went on to describe “offenses ranging from abusive sexual conduct to rape.”

To change this, senior military leaders were called to testify before the Senate Armed Service Committee.

Senior Military leaders testify before the Senate Armed Service Committee during a hearing on military sexual assaults (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp)

Senior Military leaders testify before the Senate Armed Service Committee during a hearing on military sexual assaults (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp)

Tuesday June 4th, CNO Admiral Jonathan Greenert testified about sexual assault in the fleet and what was being done about it.

The problem of sexual assault in our Armed Forces is so prevalent that an entire force wide stand-down is being conducted this month.

All Navy commands will host sexual assault prevention and response instruction with the command triad (commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief for a minimum of 2 hours this month. This instruction is aimed at making sure sailors, and civilian personnel are aware of and fully understand the principles behind sexual assault prevention, as well as where to go to get a shipmate or themselves help for sexually based crimes.

For those who have been victims of a sexual assault or those who know a victim there is help available. Below are a list of resources. Remember sexual assault is a crime, do your duty- be an active bystander and report it! Sexual assault has no place in our fleet!

Safe Help Line– 
Safe Help Line is the sexual assault website for the DOD community. Here you can find tips on understanding sexual assault, how to get help, find support groups for members of the armed forces who have been sexually assaulted, and most importantly this is a place where you can confidentially report a sexual assault.

MyDuty.mil
MyDuty.mil is an active online resource with an overview of what sexual assault is, ways to prevent it and how to report it.

Military OneSource- 
Military One Source is a DOD program that is designed to provide comprehensive information on every aspect of military life to service members and their families. Their services are available 24 hours a day both online and by phone.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Sexual Assault Has No Pace in the US Armed Forces!

  1. Ollie, thanks for sharing the resources for help. When I had a meeting with the VA and some troops, by far the most upsetting was the female soldier who left the Army after being raped. I admired her courage coming forward and appreciated the support she rec’d in that venue. It was tragic that it happened it all and that her story mirrored so many we’ve heard of with not getting support at the time. So thank you again for spreading awareness.

    • It isn’t just me spreading awareness of this issue. In every branch of our military, this issue has come to the forefront. It’s damaging to the readiness and moral of our troops. Every command in every branch understands this, and are making significant leaps forward to deal with the problem of sexual assault.

Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s