WASHINGTON — The Air Force released a policy memo today allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator.
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WASHINGTON — Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month has come to a close. I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program: a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; which agencies can take a sexual assault report; and the number of sexual assaults that take place when the victim and the perpetrator are in the same unit.
WASHINGTON — Since 2001, April has been the month that the nation has focused its attention on sexual assault awareness and the impact this crime has had on its victims.
There is a lot to be said about how blaming a victim of sexual assault is devastating to a victim. When a traumatic crime like sexual assault occurs, many questions are asked of the victim’s history and behaviors, which communicate loud and clear he or she did something terribly wrong to provoke the attack.
In this dangerous world, the last enemy our Airmen need to face is one from within our own Air Force family.
Fostering a professional climate free from sexual assault is every Airman’s responsibility.
In response to a need for peer support services identified by users of the Defense Department’s Safe Helpline for sexual assault victims, Pentagon officials have launched the Safe HelpRoom, a new service that allows victims to participate in group chat sessions to connect with and support one another in a moderated and secure online environment.