#SAAM: Enterprise Sailors Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Story Number: NNS120415-01Release Date: 4/15/2012 3:26:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kristin L. Grover, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign throughout the month of April.

Enterprise Sailors are focusing on the awareness and prevention of sexual assault in support of the overall DoD theme, "Hurts One, Affects All."

"We're completely invested in this program," said USS Enterprise Executive Officer Capt. Greg Huffman. "On board Enterprise, as is the case everywhere else in our Navy, sexual assault is not tolerated. Through the awareness generated by the SAAM initiative, it is our goal to ensure each and every Sailor and Marine aboard Big E completely understands that the prevention of sexual assault is an all-hands effort. Sexual assault not only negatively impacts our readiness, but also the well being of our crew. We must be more proactive in preventing any and all such incidents from occurring."

In an effort to achieve this goal, SAAM training is being provided throughout the month to the Sailors and Marines aboard the Big E via the Plan of the Day, "The Shuttle" newspaper, brochures, video vignettes, khaki-led divisional quarters and during command indoctrination class, said Navy Career Counselor 1st Class Linda H. Gilmore, an Enterprise Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) representative.

"This is an effort driven by Enterprise's leadership," said Huffman. "Every Sailor and Marine has the right to a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and assault. It is incumbent upon our leadership to ensure that this type of environment is provided. This can only occur if we, in leadership positions, train and educate our people on the negative impacts of sexual assault and how it can be eliminated."

According to Huffman, this is being accomplished through full participation in SAAM. The command's SAAM initiative consists of three phases.

The first phase, "Hurts One, Affects All," informs service members that even a single incident of sexual assault negatively impacts combat readiness and effectiveness.

The second phase, "Prevention is Everyone's Duty," focuses on how Sailors and Marines must lookout for one another, both on and off duty, to prevent harm.

The third phase, "We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault," stresses the fact that sexual assault is a problem affecting everyone in the military, regardless of service or paygrade, and must be eliminated through an all-hands effort.

Enterprise is committed to doing its part. The Big E is embracing the Navy's SAAM month mission and is actively working to increase awareness and prevention among its crew members. Additional support and information regarding sexual assault prevention can be found at www.sapr.navy.mil.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable.

Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #SAAM.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

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