If you want to make sure that no one really pays any attention to a subject, make some month the X month. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and so far, it seems like the military has not exactly been out there paying much attention to it. Chief of Staff of the Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, however, did sit down for a podcast with the US Army in Europe on 3 April to discuss sexual assault and harassment prevention.
Odierno stated that sexual assault and sexual harassment “are inconsistent with our values. It’s not consistent with the trust we expect to have between Soldiers. As part of the Army profession, it really is about our values, our moral and ethical values. It is also about what I consider to be the basic component and fundamental foundation of the profession, which is trust.”
The US Military has set up the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program which is suppose to to attempt to eliminate incidents of sexual assault and harassment through awareness, prevention, training, victim advocacy, reporting and accountability.
Odierno stated that “It is important during this month that we reflect on this and we try to do everything we can to ensure that all Soldiers, male or female, feel comfortable serving. Sexual assault and harassment are incomprehensible and it’s something that is inconsistent with our values and ending this misconduct is a responsibility that belongs to all of us, and I am confident in our efforts to do so.”