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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
To eliminate sexual assault, there is a need for every Service member to live the core values of our profession with integrity, trust, dignity, respect, fidelity, and courage.
You have an integral role in preventing and responding to sexual assault.
It starts with:
Being vigilant for situations at risk for sexual assault
Knowing how to safely intervene
Understanding you can safely stop risky situations
It’s on us—friend, family member, coworker, mentor, and leader—to stop sexual assault.
Here are tips on what you can do to be part of the solution:
Plan ahead: Be with friends -- if you go out together, plan for everyone to come home together.
Consider the many ways you can intervene – sometimes an indirect approach is best.
Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they're ok.
Watch out for those who’ve had too much. If you see someone who is very intoxicated, enlist trusted friends to help them get home safely.
Look for those who are deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
Ask for help. There is safety in numbers – and also in asking someone in charge for assistance.
Safely get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
Take the advice - If someone expresses concern about your behavior, react in a safe and respectful way.
Promote a healthy environment by committing to actions that stop inappropriate behavior and prevent sexual assault.
Sexual assault can happen to any Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine. Every member of the DoD community can do something to create an environment where sexist behaviors, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned or ignored.