AF leaders target sexual assault in latest 'Letter to Airmen'

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy issued a tri-signature "Letter to Airmen" Nov. 16.

As part of an effort to increase awareness of sexual assault, the Air Force's top three leaders reminded Airmen that individual efforts do have an effect on reducing the incidence of assaults and risk to service members.

"There is no place for sexual assault in our Air Force. When it comes to combating this challenge, every Airman is either part of the solution or part of the problem. We must be united in our commitment to intervene when we see the potential for harm, to act affirmatively when we observe tolerance of sexist behavior and attitudes, and to provide victim care. The only way to stop sexual assault is for Airmen to take action. ... Become personally involved. Recommit yourself to our core values. Be an advocate for professionalism and discipline. Most importantly, if you are aware of sexual assault in your unit, report it."

View the entire letter here.

To assist in creating awareness of Sexual Assault in the military, the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office offers a comprehensive listing of DOD laws, regulations and available training at sapr.mil.

For more information on the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Program, visit http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/sapr/index.asp.