WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) kicked-off, the recent Navy-wide Sexual Assault and Prevention - Fleet (SAPR-F) training for E6 and below Sailors recorded a 97 percent completion rate by April 9, highlighting the Navy's continued focus on this critical issue.
Following on the heels of Navy's SAPR-F training, April's SAAPM serves as another part of the Navy's campaign to stop sexual assault and promote a culture of respect and professionalism in the force.
"Overall performance by commands in completing the SAPR-F training was superb," said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. "While we still have some remaining Sailors to train, from the top down, our Navy has embraced the need to take a stand against this crime and take care of our shipmates. Helping our Sailors understand that they have not only the power, but the responsibility to step in and prevent assaults is a major step forward."
The SAAPM Department of Defense Theme is "We own it....We'll solve it... together."
"This month provides another opportunity to emphasize our ongoing commitment to instill a climate that does not tolerate, condone or ignore sexist behavior, sexual harassment or sexual assault," added Van Buskirk. "We have accomplished a great deal in the past year with our leadership and fleet efforts, but we must remember that SAPR is an ongoing effort by everyone in the chain of command."
The recent SAPR-F training has also been approved to serve as this year's General Military Training (GMT) for sexual assault awareness. Previous documentation of SAPR-F for E6 and below has been rolled over to automatically document completion of the FY13 SAPR GMT Lesson, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Refresher Training (CPPD-GMT-SAPRRT-1.0).
Command E7 and above are encouraged to complete required annual SAPR GMT training during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and may use the revised SAPR-F Course Facilitation Guide to meet the FY-13 SAPR GMT requirement vice completing CPPD-GMT-SAPRRT-1.0.
"The revised SAPR-F training is not required for all E-7 and above, but is a convenient and highly encouraged method for them to complete the required SAPR GMT for the fiscal year," said Capt. William Marvel, SAPR Task Force chief of staff. "It serves an additional benefit of exposing them to the SAPR-F training that their E-6 and below personnel received."
Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 075/13 provides additional details and links to turn-key products to facilitate delivery of SAAPM messaging and events. Those products are located on the Navy Personnel Command SAPR website: http://www.sapr.navy.mil.
The revised SAPR-F course facilitation guide for E-7 and above can be downloaded from the SAPR-L/F training webpage: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/sapr/pages/training.aspx or from Navy Knowledge Online (select the leadership tab and scroll down the page to the SAPR training section).
Sexual assault prevention is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which builds resiliency to hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website: https://www.netc.navy.mil.