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Let’s eliminate sexual assaults

Published: 11:34AM July 3rd, 2013

Sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. It’s a cancerous crime that does not discriminate against gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, color, age or rank. We know that 8,600 female and 10,700 male warriors, as estimated by the Department of Defense in 2010, were injured by these acts of violence.

Now, more than ever, Airmen need to come together and discuss our role and responsibilities in eliminating sexual violence from our ranks.

On June 24 and 25, the men and women of McChord Field participated in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) down day. This was our chance to demonstrate dignity and respect toward our brothers and sisters in uniform.

When we stood down, we actively demonstrated our commitment to changing our culture and eliminating sexual assaults from our service once and for all. I believe we can go from 3,374 reports in fiscal year 2012 down to zero in 2014.