Navy Schedules Sexual Assault Awareness Stand-Down

WASHINGTON -- All Navy commands will conduct a sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) stand-down between June 10 and July 1st, according to Navy Messages.

Reserve component units and deployed personnel will also commence their stand-down starting June 10, but will have until July 22 to complete.

"Our end state for this stand-down will be that all of our servicemembers and civilian personnel clearly understand SAPR principles and resources," said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. "All personnel will understand their accountability and role in reducing with a goal of eliminating sexual assault from the Navy, fostering a command climate of dignity and respect, and upholding our core values of honor, courage and commitment."  

The command triad (commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief) of each command will lead Sailors and Navy civilian personnel in a minimum two hours of focused facilitated instruction on SAPR principles and the importance of fostering a climate of dignity and respect in the workplace. Additionally, targeted professional ethics/standards of conduct refresher training will be conducted for recruiters, sexual assault response coordinators (SARCs) and victim advocates (VAs), which emphasizes how violations impact mission readiness.   All training center and institutional instructors, as well as personnel who are the first to interact with sexual assault victims, to include health care providers, Fleet and Family Support Center counselors, chaplains, judge advocate general personnel, and NCIS investigators, will receive specialized refresher training, using the Navy's successful SAPR-Leadership/SAPR-Fleet training programs and other Navy SAPR resources.   As part of the stand-down, the Navy will conduct an active review of credentials and qualifications of recruiters, SARCs, VAs, training center and institutional instructors, recruit training center division commanders, NCIS investigators, sexual assault nurse examiners and those qualified to conduct sexual assault forensic examinations.   Following the stand-down, a completion report will be submitted to the Secretary of Defense by July 17.

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