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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Department of Defense Sexualt Assualt Prevention PosterNational Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity for the Army to emphasize our ongoing commitment to eliminate sexual harassment and assault in the Army, and to highlight ongoing initiatives to aggressively address these issues. The focus is on prevention, caring for victims, taking appropriate action against Soldiers who commit these offenses, and constant monitoring and refining of our Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program.

Soldiers, civilians, and family members are encouraged to take part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance activities, and to dedicate efforts toward preventing sexual assault and creating a positive climate that includes a culture of intervention. 

Helpful Resources
I. A.M. Strong Denim Day Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office The Clothesline Project
The I. A.M. Strong program stands for Intervene, Act, and Motivate. The campaign involves an uplifting entertainment tour emphasizing a message of sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention. The program also offers information for leaders, sexual assault survivors, and Soldiers.

Denim Day began in 1999 in response to a 1992 ruling by the Italian Supreme Court to overturn a sexual assault conviction on the grounds that the victim was wearing jeans, so must have assisted her assailant.

Wear jeans April 27 to raise awareness and show solidarity.

The Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs..

The Clothesline Project was developed in 1990 to help women affected by violence express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are then displayed as a testimony to the problem of violence against women.

Find or host a Clothesline Project!

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I Am Strong Denim Day Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Clothesline Project

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You are my brother, my sister, my fellow Soldier. It is my duty to stand up for you, no matter the time or place. I will take ACTION. I will do what's right. I will prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault. I will not tolerate sexually offensive behavior. I will ACT.

- Army's I. A.M. Strong Program

Sexual Assault and the Army

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, March 28, 2011) - The fourth annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention summit opened phase three of I. A.M. Strong's four-phase assault to eliminate sexual violence in the Army, March 28.

Entitled "Achieving Cultural Change," this phase will encourage leaders of all ranks - military and civilian - to set the conditions for an Army culture that's free of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

"All of you are dedicated to eliminating this threat,"said Secretary of the Army John McHugh. "And it's a threat to our cohesion of our units, a threat to our units and a threat to our very humanity."

"The fact that this sexual assault still occurs in our ranks is heartbreaking and it's antithetical to everything we value in this institution," he said.

Clifford L. Stanley, under secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, brought his experience to the conference as the senior policy adviser to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active-duty military personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel, and 689,000 DoD civilians. He is also responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness.

"The foundation of who we are as a people is love," Stanley said.

"When you love, sexual assault and harassment simply don't happen. How could they if you really care about this person you're working with, how could they if you really care about yourself, how could they if you even cared about what other people thought about you.