Commander’s Corner: Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month 2017

As members of the most trusted profession on earth, Soldiers and civilians of the U.S. armed forces have a responsibility to remain accountable to those they lead, each other and those they serve, the American people.

This charge requires every Soldier and civilian to know, understand and adhere to Army Values and the Army Ethic in order to eliminate acts of sexual harassment and assault from our institution. Every one of us can affect positive change by holding ourselves to the same high standard and responsible personal conduct that our nation expects from its military professionals. Every member of the Army Family shares the inherent responsibility and unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. This starts with awareness, extends to intervention and has at its foundation, a “bedrock of trust.”

Team APG implements a comprehensive Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program year round, but it can never be overstated that there is NO place for sexual harassment, sexual assault or retaliation in our ranks. These debilitating actions wound the individual, degrade readiness in the work environment and ultimately compromise unit cohesion, trust and discipline. Our APG Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates (VAs) have planned many events throughout the month to help champion a culture and value system built on dignity and respect. More than 92 tenant organizations call APG home and our Army expects every leader here, at every level, to be committed to creating a values-based prevention climate intolerant of these acts.

As Soldiers and Civilians of our United States Army, we must continue to keep faith with the American people in every aspect of our most trusted profession. Whether in the office or online, sexual harassment and sexual assault erodes our foundation