The Missouri National Guard Sexual Assault Awareness Program
By: Nancy K. Lane
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As an organization of honor and trust, the Missouri National Guard is taking a serious stand on sexual assault prevention.
The Missouri National Guard has a strict policy against sexual assault. This policy provides immediate action for all reported incidents, and ensures that each victim is provided every resource necessary. Sexual assault is extremely damaging to the organization and the individuals it impacts. It is a crime and violates Army and Air National Guard values and basic human rights.
Missouri National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Capt. Robin Markham says the best way to stop sexual assault is to increase awareness and to prevent it before it occurs.
"We want to be proactive by raising awareness, expanding support for victims, and strengthening our response," said Markham.
The National Guard's program is in conjunction with the Army's I. A.M. Strong Campaign. The primary focus of the campaign is to combat sexual assaults by engaging all Soldiers in preventing sexual assaults before they occur. The goal is to Intervene, Act, and Motivate others to stop sexual assaults and the sexually offensive language and gestures that create an environment friendly to this abuse.
Information pertaining to the I. A.M. Strong Campaign can be found at the Army sponsored website http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/boss.cfm.
You can find information on the topic pertaining what to do to reduce your risk of being sexually assaulted, definitions of date/acquaintance rape and sexual harassment, and what to do if you have been sexually assaulted.
For more personal assistance, contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647.