#SAAM: Pensacola Town Hall Discussion to be Streamed Live


Story Number: NNS120425-06Release Date: 4/25/2012 12:11:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Lauryn Dempsey, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) will host a town hall discussion on sexual assault awareness and prevention in Pensacola, Fla. April 30 at 1 p.m. (CST).

Adm. Mark Ferguson will host the event, which will be live streamed on The Pentagon Channel, Navy social media platforms, and direct to Sailors at sea.

Throughout April, the Navy focused on four themes: Hurts One, Affects All, Prevention is Everyone's Duty, and We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault. During the hour long event VCNO and an expert panel will recap lessons learned throughout the month, encourage continued discussion at the unit level and talk about upcoming Navy prevention and awareness training.

The panel discussion moderated by Jill Loftus, director of the department of the Navy sexual assault prevention and response office will highlight victim advocacy resources available in the fleet, ongoing prevention efforts and Sailor lead programs to curb destructive behavior. An audience of 1,500 Sailors and Internet viewers worldwide will participate in the event by asking questions and providing feedback on current Navy sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts.

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.

To watch the event, visit www.livestream.com/usnavy. Questions or comments may be submitted in advance to usntownhall@gmail.com.

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.

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