This blog post was written by Rear Admiral Martha Herb, Director, Personal Readiness and Community Support. Rear Admiral Herb develops and provides oversight, and advises Navy leadership, on all policies and programs designed to enhance the personal readiness of Sailors and preparedness of their families in support of Navy missions.
I want to discuss the 2011 Navy and Marine Corps Sexual Assault Survey. The survey is currently online at the website of the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (http://www.donsapro.navy.mil/survey.html). I’m personally asking ALL Sailors and Marines, officers and enlisted, male and female, to spend a few minutes taking this confidential, anonymous survey. To make our Navy better, we need your input.
Why is this survey so important? It goes without saying that sexual assault is a crime that the Navy does not tolerate, but when it happens, it hurts our Shipmates and affects the readiness of the entire organization. Last year, 65 % of sexual assaults were blue-on-blue – 65%!
The Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program needs you to add your voice to the discussion about sexual assault prevention. What are we doing right, and what do we need to improve upon? Let us know!
Your responses will be compiled, directly reported to senior Navy leadership, and serve as the voice of the Navy. They will help us establish a baseline we’ll use as we move forward in our prevention efforts, but more importantly your input will help guide and contribute to our ongoing effort to fight sexual assault. We want to hear what you have to say, and I guarantee you we are listening intently.
Your open and honest feedback will allow us to take meaningful, positive actions that will help reduce sexual assaults and focus on prevention. We need your input to make a difference.
Join the discussion and help make our Navy better now!
Thank you for taking the time to address this important readiness issue and I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
To access the survey, go here: http://www.donsapro.navy.mil/survey.html