Navy Seaman Kayli L. Peterson, daughter of Julie and Niel Peterson of Cape Coral, Fla., is currently deployed. Peterson along with fellow sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Strike Group are conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign throughout the month of April.
Enterprise Sailors are focusing on the awareness and prevention of sexual assault in support of the overall DoD theme, "Hurts One, Affects All." SAAM initiative is to ensure each and every Sailor and Marine aboard the Enterprise completely understands that the prevention of sexual assault is an all-hands effort.
Sexual assault not only negatively impacts the Navy's readiness, but also the well being of sailors. This effort is driven by Enterprise's leadership, every sailor and Marine has the right to a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and assault.
The command's SAAM initiative consists of three phases. The first phase, "Hurts One, Affects All," informs service members that even a single incident of sexual assault negatively impacts combat readiness and effectiveness.The second phase, "Prevention is Everyone's Duty," focuses on how sailors and Marines must lookout for one another, both on and off duty, to prevent harm. The third phase, "We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault," stresses the fact that sexual assault is a problem affecting everyone in the military, regardless of service or paygrade, and must be eliminated through an all-hands effort.
Sexual assault prevention and response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century sailor and marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims and to hold offenders accountable.
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