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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

SAAPM 2018: Protecting our People Protects Our Mission

By Rear Adm. Karl Thomas
Director, 21st Century Sailor Office

As we enter SAAPM, we’d like to reflect on this year’s theme, Protecting our People Protects Our Mission. Each of us has a role to play in preventing, reporting and eliminating sexual assault. We are all accountable. We can protect our mission by ensuring everyone in the Department of the Navy is committed to advancing an environment where threatening behaviors, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying, and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned or ignored.

We must encourage positive behaviors by recognizing acts that contribute to a supportive command climate. We must commit to possess the courage necessary to conduct all activities of our lives with respect for ourselves and our fellow Sailors. It’s up to us to hold ourselves and each other to the high standards expected of us by the Navy and the American public.

You can hear some of these same thoughts on the SAAPM podcast below.


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