Left: Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber, USAISR Commander, signs a proclamation April 1 to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Right: Capt. Rebecca L. Morrell, Acting USAISR Company Commander, cuts a cake during a ceremony to kick of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
7 APRIL 2014
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with the commander signing a “Proclamation” during a ceremony at the Institute April 1.
“The proclamation states that sexual harassment will not be tolerated within our organization and our military,” said USAISR Commander, Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber. “It is important for every member of our military, at every level, to adhere and adopt core service values and higher standards of behavior every day.”
April is known nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is intended to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate everyone on how to prevent it. This year’s SAAM theme is “Live Our Values, Step Up and Stop Sexual Assault.”
To reinforce this message throughout the month, the USAISR Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Team will send out information via e-mail with facts about SAAM. The first message sent out by the Team stated that “Sexual Assault Awareness Month is recognized across the country by both civilian and military communities and offers a unique opportunity to build on existing momentum to fight this crime and ensure all Service members are treated with dignity and respect.”
The proclamation signed by the Institute commander stated that “We, at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, have placed sexual harassment/assault awareness on the forefront and encourage each staff member to take a stand in the ‘I AM STRONG’ campaign. Soldiers and Civilians must be actively involved in the day-to-day actions of their employees and peers, and focus on changing the culture to eliminate sexual harassment/assault on and off post. In addition, leaders at all levels will take responsibility to ensure an environment that is free from sexual harassment/assault. I encourage each and every one of you to prevent sexual harassment/assaults and live up to the Army Values.”
Sgt. 1st Class Natasha Turrell, USAISR SHARP Leader said that we should all take a look at how we can eradicate this crime from the military.
“We are empowered to take ownership of this problem and do our part to end it,” she said.