• Post kicks off SHARP awareness month

  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and CAC Command Sgt. Maj. David Turnbull signed the National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation during a ceremony April 4 in the Arnold Conference Room.
    The Army’s 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month theme is “Sexual Harassment. Sexual Assault. Not in our Army!”
    Master Sgt. Courtney Austin, the CAC lead sexual assault response coordinator, served as ceremony narrator and said Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first observed nationally in 2001.
    Lundy spoke to senior leaders from Fort Leavenworth units and activities before signing the proclamation with Turnbull. He said sexual assault represents a direct threat to the CAC community and core Army values. Lundy said eliminating sexual assault and harassment requires everyone to be dedicated to upholding the Army standard.
    “Defeating this threat is important from a readiness perspective, as well as from a warfighting perspective,” Lundy said. “Sexual assault and harassment undermine our ability to build the trust that is necessary for our team to succeed.”
    Lundy said it all goes back to trust being the foundation of the Army profession. He said trust is one of the leading tenets of mission command.
    “I do think (defeating sexual harassment and assault) is interdependent with Army mission success,” Lundy said. “It is intertwined with everything we do in the force. We have to be able to maintain the moral high ground in any operations and conflicts, to keep the ability of building trust, not only inside our team but among our warfighter partners.”
    Lundy said as stewards of the Army profession, each member has a responsibility to eliminate sexual assault at CAC and throughout the Army. He said all CAC leaders need to live the Army values in all they do and be role models for others to emulate.
    Austin said several events are planned during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month including a luncheon hosted by the CAC command sergeant major April 20, the SHARP Awareness Golf Scramble April 22, National Denim Day April 26, and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and SHARP Glow Run April 29.
    Sgt. Maj. Caprecia Miller, senior enlisted adviser at the Headquarters, Department of the Army SHARP Program Office, said formal proclamation events like this one are important throughout the Army because they enhance awareness.
    “As leaders and soldiers, we should be focused every day on preventing sexual assault within our ranks,” Miller said. “One incident of sexual assault in our formations affects readiness. It is important that we continue to train sexual assault prevention.”
    The SHARP Resource Center provides awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and follow-up for sexual harassment and assault issues. Army policy promotes sensitive care, support, treatment, reporting options for victims and accountability for those who commit sexual harassment and assault crimes.
    Page 2 of 2 - To report a SHARP case 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call the Fort Leavenworth hotline at (913) 683-1443, or the Department of Defense helpline at (877) 995-5247.
    Visit the SHARP website at http://tiny.cc/SHARP.
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