Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Assault is Everyone’s Responsibility

Nov. 6, 2013
     Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters would like to welcome aboard Lt. Anthony Allard as the Enterprise Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Officer.   
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  Lt. Allard, as a Human Resource Officer, has joined the N1 staff here at NAVSUP Headquarters, and will be committed to strengthening an Enterprise-wide “Zero” tolerance policy toward Sexual Harassment and Assault.      Over the past year, NAVSUP has completed the required training for civilians, officers and enlisted members, reaching more than 99 percent of the workforce.  This, however, is not enough.  We ask that each of you throughout the Navy take a moment to acknowledge your responsibility toward coworkers and our families to provide an environment free of Sexual Harassment and Assault.      The SAPR program exists in order to provide victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence resources, support and encouragement that are needed in dealing with this crisis.  While treatment and response are essential aspects of the program, the elimination of the act before it takes place is a priority.  It is essential that each of us eliminate this root behavior within the workplace and our community environment.      As active bystanders, it is our duty and responsibility to take action when we hear comments or observe actions by others that are detrimental to our way of life.  Actions as simple as starting a discussion or never leaving a coworker in an exposed environment will go a long way in preventing acts such as these.  Sometimes it takes a more direct approach in verbally setting standards and ensuring all members understand there is no place for this type of behavior when you see it happening.      We ask that each of you take the time to participate in events throughout the year that are put in place to eliminate actions such as these in our workplace.  Attend training and speaker events established through your local SAPR Program.      If you have additional questions, your local SAPR Program Staff and Coordinators will be able to provide additional guidance.  Local policies and programs within the community will vary based on local and state laws.  However, the Navy’s policy of “Zero Tolerance” is steadfast, and requires that we all participate to eliminate these heinous acts.      NAVSUP will continue to provide information and resources to our workforce.  We will use tools such as the Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey (DEOCS), Corporate Culture Councils and Professional Speaker Series to educate and support our workforce.      If you require immediate assistance please contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate or the Department of Defense Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247, or visit www.safehelpline.org.      Our Mission … Prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from our ranks through a balanced of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect, and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness.      Our Vision … Promote and foster a culturally aware and informed Navy respectful of all, intolerant of sexual assault, and supported by a synergistic program of prevention, advocacy, and accountability. By Cmdr. Arcangelo Dell'Anno, SC, USN; Headquarters, Naval Supply Systems Command