Sexual harassment and sexual assault can occur regardless of gender. However, men are less likely to report incidents or seek help, for fear of stigma surrounding male sexual harassment and sexual assault. As fellow Soldiers, we can create an environment where all sexual violence is not tolerated. What will you do to step up for your brother?
To stop the cycle of sexual harassment and sexual assault, a culture of prevention within our teams is needed. Here are some things you can do to be part of the solution:
Sexual harassment falls within a continuum of intolerable, unprofessional behaviors that may increase the likelihood of sexual assault. If it happens to you, it’s not your fault.
Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact using force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. It is not your fault.
Supporting your battle buddies means creating an environment where sexual assault is not tolerated.
Creating an environment where sexual harassment and sexual assault aren’t allowed in our Army.