Department of the Army hosts summit to strengthen Sexual Harassment/Assault strategy

 

blog post 05-07

 

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno will host the department’s sixth Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Summit June 10-11, 2013, at the General Jacob E. Smart Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md.

As directed by the Secretary of the Army John McHugh, this two-day event reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.  General officers and sergeants major from various commands will attend and share best practices, examine lessons learned and develop/communicate new ways to prevent sexual violence. The theme of this year’s summit is “Achieving Cultural Change to Eliminate Sexual Assault and Harassment.”

Day one of the summit features on-record presentations of the latest Department of Defense and Department of the Army SHARP program efforts from the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Chief of Army Personnel.

On day two of the summit, media are invited to hear remarks from the Secretary of the Army and the Sergeant Major of the Army.

McHugh recently told Army senior leaders, “you can succeed from this day forward in virtually every aspect of your military career, but if you fail at this, and that is leading on the issue of sexual assault, you’ve failed the Army.”

Odierno echoed the leader’s role in preventing sexual harassment in his remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee June 4.

“[Army leaders] must create a climate and an environment in which every [Soldier] is able to thrive and achieve their full potential,” “Leaders must take action to establish and sustain standards at every level,” said Odierno.

Interested in seeing what the Army’s most senior leaders are saying about preventing sexual assault/sexual harassment during the summit? Get real time information on Twitter by following @USArmyG1 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USarmy.

Visit the Army Sexual Harassment/ Assault Prevention website for more information and links to resources.