Florida Guard Team:
This past Sunday marked my second week as Adjutant General, and I want to acknowledge the professionalism and hard work I’ve already observed in our formations. I’m proud to be part of your team!
I want to take a moment to address a topic that is very important to me and to every Soldier, Airman, Civilian and Family Member – and that is Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part.” This theme reinforces the responsibility of each of us to play an active role in preventing this brutal and demeaning crime. Although we’ve made tremendous progress, we still have issues of sexual assault within our organization. I commit to you that I will do everything I can to create a positive command climate in which inappropriate behavior is not tolerated, victims are supported, and perpetrators are held accountable. I expect you to make the same commitment.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an opportune time to learn more about sexual assault, and to become involved in efforts to raise awareness. Here are a couple of upcoming events that will further these efforts:
– Betty Griffin House 5K (Saturday, 18 April): The FLNG is forming a team to support the only center in St. Johns County that has provided free services to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse for the past 24 years. For more information, please visit www.bettygriffinhouse5k.org.
– National Denim Day (Wednesday, 29 April): The entire FLNG is invited to participate in National Denim Day, a demonstration of solidarity that originated from a sexual assault case in Italy in 1992 (http://www.nsvrc.org/calendar/22565).
There are many other ways you can take part in SAAM. For a full listing of SAAM events, and for more information on our program, please visit the FLNG SARC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FLNGSARC. Also, make sure you check out our Sexual Assault Awareness Video Challenge, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92ukBXGyVzU&list=UUpKLu8VkLf6vVLM6fEFXi2Q.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to eliminating sexual assault. Remember — we are a family, and families take care of each other. Know your part. Do your part.
MICHAEL A. CALHOUN
Florida National Guard
The Adjutant General