By Rear Adm. Rick Snyder
Director, 21st Century Sailor Office
Some important news from the 21st Century Sailor Office – we published the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Strategic Plan. It’s worth a read by everyone to better understand the way ahead in Navy’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault.
The strategic plan incorporates the progress we’ve made and the lessons we’ve learned. This plan formalizes and supports the unity of effort taking place across the Navy to address the crime of sexual assault.
Many of the elements of the plan are familiar; the spectrum of harm that describes the range of destructive behaviors, commitment from leaders to create the conditions that support equality, dignity and respect, and the bedrock principles of prevention, response, and appropriate accountability.
The plan also incorporates new information we’ve gained, highlighting the need to better understand the aspects of male victims of sexual assaults and the need to better understand and respond to the negative experiences of those who report a sexual assault.
The SAPR Strategic Plan is a living document that will be updated as we learn and adapt our prevention and response efforts using additional surveys, information from focus groups, and feedback from the fleet and other Services.
Your input helped us write this plan and is critical as we move forward. Thank you for your help and continued support of Navy’s efforts to eliminate sexual assault – know your part, do your part.