WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Chief of Information Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following statement:
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visited the United States Naval Academy this morning to address the Brigade of Midshipmen regarding the issue of sexual harassment and assault, as well as the findings from the 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military Service Academies.
Both leaders expressed their deep disappointment, indeed anger, over continued incidents of sexual harassment and assault at the Naval Academy. They focused heavily on the need not only to eliminate these offenses, but also to build and maintain a climate of trust throughout the chain of command.
Mabus told the Brigade they cannot lead if they look the other way when one of their own is attacked, and urged them to do what is right and not what is easy when it comes to reporting offenses and promoting an environment of trust.
Greenert, for his part, echoed the need for trust in the Fleet and challenged every midshipman to have the courage to step forward and not tolerate sexual assault or harassment.
In December, Naval Academy Superintendent, Vice Adm. Mike Miller announced initiatives to improve the training, accountability and reporting of sexual assault and harassment. Today's event was part of the announced "Sexual Assault 'Stampout' Stand-down."