Diversity Program 'Facts of the Day' for the week:
There is a strong connection between sexual harassment, gender
discrimination, and sexual assault. Messages promoting appropriate values,
attitudes, and behaviors have shown great promise in achieving a healthy
command climate and preventing sexual assaults. Commanders and command teams
must visibly support and reinforce the standards.
Recognition by leaders for establishing effective prevention programs or
practices can incentivize units to be innovative and develop effective
prevention programs and tactics. Examples of how incentives can be used
include: Individuals recognized by leaders for safely intervening in
incidents; Volunteers awarded for conducting bystander intervention
training; and Units awarded for effective, innovative prevention programs.
What Role do Commanders and Senior Enlisted Personnel Serve? Commanders and
senior enlisted personnel serve a vital role in victim care. Commanders and
senior enlisted personnel at all levels have a unique responsibility to
support sexual assault victims within their units. Commanders also serve a
vital role in the military response system by setting the tone and
expectations for their units. A commander's commitment to Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response policies and programs demonstrates firsthand the
Department's resolve to prevent sexual assaults and reduce the fear and
stigma associated with reporting.
To assist military sexual assault response professionals, the Department of
Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office developed and
manages "SAPR Connect," an online platform to collaborate and share ideas,
research, insights from experts, and news from the field. This common access
card (CAC)-enabled collaborative community of practice is critical to
ensuring DoD has dynamic and responsive sexual assault prevention efforts.
SAPR Connect provides users a wide variety of resources to ensure sexual
assault prevention programs are as effective as possible.
The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)
Connect is an online network established to share information and ideas
related to the prevention of sexual assault. This collaborative forum brings
together information gathered from external experts, federal partners,
military components, and educational institutions to identify and share best
and promising practices among active SAPR programs.
The Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one:
crisis intervention, support, and information to the worldwide DoD
community. The service is: anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 - providing
victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.
Everyone has an integral role in responding to and preventing sexual
assault. Be vigilant and always aware of situations at risk for sexual
assault. Understand how to safely intervene, and know that you are capable
of stopping sexual assault.
From your friendly local NSMRL Diversity Program Officers,
HM3 Dwight Mitchell
LT Nathan Moss