April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, an opportunity to emphasize our ongoing commitment to eliminate sexual harassment and assault in the Army. This year’s theme is: Eliminate Sexual Assault - Know Your Part. Do Your Part.
Part of developing leaders of character is developing leaders who not only treat others with dignity and respect, but also create command climates within their organizations where everyone is respected, feels that they are a valued member of the team, and feels secure both emotionally and physically. Eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment continues to be one of my top priorities as Superintendent.
Every member of the West Point community – Soldier, civilian and family member - deserves to work and live in an environment where they feel safe, both physically and emotionally. Sexual assault and sexual harassment go against our core values and have no place in the West Point community – on or off post.
Our SHARP team is making great strides in eliminating the behaviors and attitudes that lead to a hostile working environment, but they can’t do it alone. Every one of us has a role in preventing and responding to sexual assault and harassment…and each of us has the responsibility to act. If we see unprofessional or inappropriate behavior, we need to step in to prevent it.
I encourage everyone to participate in the events and activities taking place throughout the West Point community to support sexual assault awareness and prevention. And remember – sexual assault awareness and prevention is an “all the time” effort – not just during the month of April.
If you have any questions about sexual assault awareness and prevention, contact your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
Know your part. Do your part. Let’s work together to eliminate sexual assault.
Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr.