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CNO: ‘Sexual Assault is an Attack on a Sailor’

 

Sam Fellman
Navy Times
April 2, 2012

Across the force, Navy personnel will attend educational standdowns in April that highlight ways sailors can respond to — and prevent — sexual assaults. The two hours worth of training is part of the Navy’s latest initiative to get sailors to report more offenses and to reduce the stubbornly-high number of assaults. It emphasizes that watching out for each other is everyone’s responsibility.

 

 

As for the severity of the problem, Navy officials are not mincing words.

“Folks, we’ve got to face the facts — sexual assault is an attack on a sailor,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert wrote in post entitled “We have a problem…” on his official blog Sunday. “On average, these attacks take place every day.”

To read the full article at the Navy Times web site, click here.

 

Navy Personal Command — Sexual Assault

 

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month “Hurts one. Affects all”

 

Nationally, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs in April and commits to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through use of special events and public education. SAAM provides commands/installations an annual opportunity to highlight Department of Defense (DoD) and Service policies addressing sexual assault prevention and response. DoD policies address sexual assault prevention and seek to establish a climate of confidence in which:

education and training create an environment in which sexual assault and the attitudes that promote it are not tolerated;

victims of sexual assault receive the care and support that they need; and,

offenders are held accountable for their actions.

 

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

 

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno’s public service announcement on preventing sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

For additional reporting and information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), click the following links.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Home

MyDuty.mil — Hurts one. Affects all.

U.S. Army — National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

USMC  – SAPR Program

Office on Violence Against Women — U.S. Department of Justice

dcmilitary.com

 

SAPR.MIL | ARMY SHARP | MARINE CORPS COMMUNITY SERVICES | NAVY SAPR
AIR FORCE SAPR | COAST GUARD SAPRO | NATIONAL GUARD SAPR | MILITARY ONESOURCE

DOD Implements Changes to Sexual Assault Response

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service
April 2, 2012

 

The Defense Department has refined new methods to aid sexual assault victims whether reporting a crime or seeking assistance as they transition from service, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) said here March 30.

“We have several new options for victims of sexual assault,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog. “First, if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault in the military you now have the option of requesting an expedited transfer. We signed that into effect in December.”

“If you find it untenable or unbearable in the organization that you’re at … you can request to be transferred,” she added.

Hertog said a service member’s local commander has 72 hours to respond to the request for transfer, and if denied there is an option to take it to the first flag or general officer in the chain of command who also has 72 hours to respond.

To read the full article on the U.S. Department of Defense web site, click here.

 

Military Rape Speech 17 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier

 

 

Madame Speaker — I rise again to highlight the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military.

This is the 17th time I’ve stood on the House floor to tell the story of a brave member of the U.S. military who was raped or sexually assaulted by a fellow service member.

Today I will tell you the story of Elle Helmer who served at the prestigious Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. at 8th and I from 2005-2006. The Marines who serve here in Washington are known throughout the military as the tip of the sword. They perform ceremonial roles and participate in the silent drill platoon.

You will notice that Elle’s story follows the exact same pattern as the dozens of stories I’ve told before and probably the same pattern of the estimated 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults that occurred in the military in 2010. This is the pattern of the epidemic.

To read the rest of Elle’s story as told by Rep. Jackie Speier, click here.

 

Are you a survivor of rape or sexual assault in the military? Congresswoman Speier is personally inviting you to share your story by e-mailing stopmilitaryrape@mail.house.gov. If you choose to share your experience with the Congresswoman, please indicate whether or not you are willing to give her your permission to share it on the House floor.

 

If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or harassment in military service, know that there are resources to help you. 

 

24/7 Emergency Crisis Care with offices in Washington DC and Cambridge MA. MRCC also has representatives in 35 states as well as Japan, Germany and England.

 

Survivor Support Network: Services, Resources, Hotlines, MST Forums, and Suggestions

 

 

 

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community

Lessons from Women’s Programs in Afghanistan and Iraq

 

United States Institute of Peace
Special Report by Kathleen Kuehnast, Manal Omar, Steven E. Steiner, and Hodei Sultan
March 2012

 

During 2011, the Center for Gender and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) brought together a “community of practice” focused on examining lessons learned from conflict and postconflict programs of support for women in Iraq and Afghanistan. This community comprises representatives of U.S. government agencies and departments, international and domestic NGOs, along with members of congressional staff and the U.S. armed forces, and representatives of allied embassies.

This review of lessons learned is in the context of the recent executive order (EO) from President Obama (December 19, 2011), which emphasizes that it shall be the policy and practice of the executive branch of the U.S. government to have a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. Most relevant to this effort, the EO recognizes that “promoting women’s participation in conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as in postconflict relief and recovery, advances peace, national security, economic and social development, and international cooperation.”

To read more about this report, click here.

To download the Special Report (SR-302), “Lessons from Women’s Programs in Afghanistan and Iraq,” click here.

 

 

Sexual Violence and the Military

 

New York Times
Editorial
March 9, 2012

 

The rate of sexual assaults on American women serving in the military remains intolerably high. While an estimated 17 percent of women in the general population become victims at some point in their lives, a 2006 study of female veterans financed by the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that between 23 percent and 33 percent of uniformed women had been assaulted. Those estimates are borne out in other surveys, and a recent Pentagon report on sexual assaults at the service academies found that in the 2010-11 academic year, cadets and midshipmen were involved in 65 reported assaults.

To continue reading, at the New York Times click here.

Rep Jackie Speier Discusses Military Rape on CNN

 

Kyra Phillips
CNN

March 9, 2012

 

For additional information:

Rep. Jackie Speier | Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

Speier Critical Over Military’s Handling of Rape,   KGO-TV,  March 7, 2012

 

“H.R. 3435, the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act – or STOP Act which would take the reporting, oversight, investigation and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.” (Rep. Jackie Speier)

 

To see the current status of “The STOP Act” click the link below:

STOP Act Summary

The Stop Act: The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (H.R. 3435)

U.S. Military Must Change How it Deals with Rape, Lawmaker Says

 

Michael Muskal
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. military for its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her call for legislation to fix a system she said was broken.

In a floor speech, Speier (D-Hillsborough) called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office. Her speech came in the same week that eight current and former members of the U.S. military filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they had been raped, assaulted or harassed while serving, and that were targeted by superiors after reporting the attacks.

The Pentagon has repeatedly deplored sexual assaults and has insisted that it has no tolerance for such attacks. In December, it announced a new policy that gives those charging a sexual assault the option of a quick transfer to another unit or installation. The Defense Department has also stepped up training in handling such cases and in preventing assaults.

To read the full article in the Los Angeles Times, click here.

 

 

 

 

Lawsuit Claims Rape, Misconduct at D.C. Marine Barracks

 

Michael Isikoff
Today.com
March 6, 2012

Eight current and former U.S. service members are today accusing U.S. military officials of tolerating a “staggering” level of sexual assaults within their ranks in a lawsuit that focuses in part on events at one of the most prestigious Marine Corps bases in the country — the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington D.C.

The lawsuit includes graphic charges by two former Marine Corps officers: One, Ariana Klay, a Naval Academy graduate and Iraq war veteran, charges she was gang-raped at the Barracks in Aug. 2010. Elle Helmer, the former Barracks public information officer, says she was raped by a superior officer at the Barracks in March 2006.

To read and view the reporting at Today.com, click here.

 

To read more about this issue at The Invisible War web site, including information about the lawsuit filed today by attorney Susan Burke , click here.

 

Additional reporting on this issue:

Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today

Service Members Suing US Military for Sexual Assaults

8 Women Allege Rape, Harassment in Military Suit

(Thanks to the Military Rape Crisis Center for compiling reporting on this issue)

Rep. Speier on Military Rape and Fox News’ Dangerous Remarks

 

 

Are you a survivor of rape or sexual assault in the military? Congresswoman Speier is personally inviting you to share your story by e-mailing stopmilitaryrape@mail.house.gov.

If you choose to share your experience with the Congresswoman Speier, please indicate whether or not you are willing to give her your permission to share it on the House floor.

 

 

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