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It's On Us to Stop Sexual Assault

5 Things Every Sailor Should Know About SAAPM

It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what's unacceptable." - President Barack Obama


The President also said, "as far as we've come, the fact is that from sports leagues to pop culture to politics, our society still does not sufficiently value women. We still don't condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should. We make excuses. We look the other way. The message that sends can have a chilling effect" on young men and women.

The It's On Us Campaign was initiated to generate awareness and help put an end to sexual assault across college campuses, but the message rings true across the fleet.

The Department of the Navy is committed to developing a culture of gender respect, where sexual assault is never tolerated and ultimately eliminated, where all victims receive support and protection, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable. Every Sailor and Marine must know, understand, and adhere to our core values and standards of behavior to eliminate sexual assault and create a climate of dignity and respect.
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It's on us -- all of us -- to stop sexual assault. Here are a few tips on what you can do to be part of the solution:


1. Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.

2. Don't just be a bystander -- if you see something, intervene in any way you can.

3. Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.

4. Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they're ok.

5. Get someone to help you if you see something -- enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.

6. Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.

7. If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.

8. Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.

9. Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.

10. Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.

11. Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it's rape.

12. Never blame the victim.
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To anonymously report a crime, go to the NCIS Homepage or submit a tip via the NCIS Tip Submit smartphone application.

To report a sexual assault contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), your local SAPR Victim Advocate (VA) or call, text, or click the DoD Safe Helpline.

The Navy's SAPR Program falls under the purview of the 21st Century Sailor Office (OPNAV N17) for information contact us at: opnav_sapr_report@navy.mil

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