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Sexual assault‘hurts one, affects all’
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Arkansas NationalGuardMission Vision andValues
To provide trained,ready professionalsand units responsive tothe needs of the nation,state, and community.
Arkansas National Guard military and civil-ian professionals, work-ing as a team, buildingthe
nest reserve militaryorganization serving thenation, state, and com-munity.
INTEGRITY (Honesty, Candor, Ethics,Morals, Accountability)COMMITMENT (Loyalty, Caring, Trust,Teamwork)PROFESSIONALISM (Sel
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rst. I will never accept defeat. I will nev-er quit. I will never leavea fallen comrade.)
As nature and theworld around us awakento new life and warmerweather, the Departmentof Defense, the Nation-al Guard Bureau and theArkansas National Guardare asking everyone to be“awake” to a problem thathurts one, but affects all.April is Sexual AssaultAwareness Month, with amission of addressing thedamage sexual assaultcauses – not only to anindividual, but also to ouroverall readiness and unitcohesion.According to the Na-tional Violence AgainstWomen Survey, as pub-lished by the U.S. De-partment of Justice’s Of-
ce on Violence AgainstWomen, one in six Ameri-can women has been thevictim of rape or attempt-ed rape.Sexual assault takesmany forms such as ver-bal harassment, intimi-dation, unwanted sexualcontact, rape, attempt-ed rape and child sexualabuse. It affects people of any gender, age, ethnic-ity, sexual orientation orability. And perpetratorscan be friends, acquain-tances, family membersor strangers.It is clear that all of ushave an important role inpreventing sexual assault,in protecting victims, inchanging attitudes and inreporting incidents.As Gen. Craig McKin-ley, the chief of The Na-tional Guard Bureauwrites, “One sexual as-sault affects not only theindividual, but the entireNational Guard Family by destroying our sense of trust in our Soldiers andAirmen. Leadership at alllevels must remain dili-gent when it comes to thiscrime.”This is especially truefor the Arkansas NationalGuard. We are successfuland work well in our as-signed missions becausewe function as a Family,and we count on each otherto be strong, focused andresponsive. When sexu-al assault occurs, it harmsone of our own and dimin-ishes our ability to functionpro
ciently as a team.Clifford Stanley, Un-der Secretary of Defensefor Personnel and Readi-ness may have said it best.“Commanders and seniorenlisted leadership mustset the tone in their unitsto prevent this crime andnot damage the trust thatour military membershave in their leaders andtheir peers.”Taking this one stepfurther, every ArkansasNational Guard servicemember, federal employ-ee, state employee and Ac-tive Guard and Reservepersonnel has the respon-sibility to learn the signsof a potential sexual as-sault and to learn how tosafely intervene and pre-vent it.Remember, it’s up toall of us not to let evenone person down, becausethat lets everyone down.So, let’s take to heart thisyear’s message for SexualAssault Awareness Monthand “Don’t let your Guarddown.”
April isSexual Assault AwarenessMonth