By J.D. Leipold, Army News Service
WASHINGTON , D.C. -- Secretary of the Army Pete Geren
told senior leaders July 1 that the Army will be launching new sexual
assault prevention initiatives that he believes eventually will help
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren
tells senior leaders at a training session that the Army can
lead the way in the prevention of sexual harassment and assault.
(Photo by J.D. Leipold)
Geren opened the sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR)
refresher training session telling a full Pentagon auditorium that
sexual harassment and sexual assault is not just problematic in the
Army, "it's a national problem, a problem of society."
He said the Army will lead the way in prevention and envisions
someday every man and woman who enters the American work force will be
confident that they will never experience sexual harassment or sexual
"We're a large enough organization that the progress we
make in the Army can help shape society, where we as an Army can be a
leader in society shaping societal values which shape the work place
and the work force in all of our country," he said.
The secretary called on Army leaders to make sexual harassment
and assault prevention a priority and to think of ways in which they
can help to change the climate in the Army, to make a climate that
sets an example for America that is hostile to sexual harassment and
to any attitudes or activities which foster or allow sexual assault to
"The Army will be launching some new initiatives, creating
the right climate, prosecuting Soldiers and civilians who don't live
up to the standards our Army holds people to," he said. "We
will work in the area of sexual assault prevention, not just
responding to the tragedy of sexual assault, but we want to be a model
in how we prevent sexual assault."
The SAPR program stood up in 2004 as part of the Army's effort
to eradicate sexual assault through training, prevention, education
and awareness programs.
In cases where prevention measures fail, sexual assault victims
are assured that a system is in place to provide responsive, caring
support, while holding offenders accountable.
The SAPR office is planning an Army Sexual Assault Prevention
and Risk Reduction training summit Sept. 8-11 in Alexandria, Va., to
discuss ideas and possible initiatives for improving sexual harassment
and assault prevention techniques and the processes by which reports
and prosecutions are handled.