Be Aware but Not Informed About Military Sexual Assault
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the Pentagon wants troops and civilians alike to know that it takes the issue seriously.
Aware and alert about what the brass calls a crisis in the ranks. Informed about the depth of the problem?
Mmm. They’ll get back to you on that. Or not.
First, the awareness part.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared side by side in a public service announcement stressing the need to eradicate sexual assault.
Dempsey: “We must stay committed to keeping our honor clean. We must strengthen our bonds of trust with each other and with the American people.
Hagel: “So step up — and help stop sexual assault. Thank you.”