U.S. Army Pacific Command discusses sexual assault preventionUPDATED 7:39 PM HST Jun 05, 2013Video Transcript
The big talk on Capitol Hill lately... Has been how to bring and end to sexual assaults in the military. With congress demanding answers from the top brass for all branches in the military. Today U-S Army Pacific Command met with the media to talk about what's being done in Hawaii. a panel of three shared with the media what the US army is doing here in Hawaiito fight the growing problem of sexual assaults. The army is the sole branch of service that includes SEXUAL HARASSMENT as part of Sexual assault. 27:04-27:20 Bourke THE ARMY HAS MADE THE DETERMINATION THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT CONDUCT IN .. SEXUAL HARASSMENT HAVE OCCURED THAT THEY TENDENCY TO PROGRESS INTO SEXUALLY ASSAULT SO WE WANT TO STOP THE ISSUES AS THEY ARE STARTING. In FY12 The US Army in Hawaii reported 35 cases. As of March 31st in this current fiscal year.... There have been 23 reported cases in hawaii. Top brass say most cases were for sexual assault. The army's rate of reported cases was 2.2 per 1000. The US Army Pacifica Commands rate was 4.8 per 1000. 22:11- 22;27 austin WE HAVE SEEN THAT UPTICK IN RESPONSE OR REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSUALT BUT IN A WAY ITS KIND OF GOOD FOR US RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WHAT THAT S TELLING US IS WE'RE SETTING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO FEEL COMFORTABLE TO COME FORWARD. The army has sexual assault response coordinators and victims advocates at each brigade. And victim advocates at the battalion level And victims are able to decide if they want a RESTRICTIVE or UNRESTRICTIV E report. unrestrictive means the chain of command and cid gets involved. Restrictive means they just want help to heal themselves...me ntally and physically. The advocate or response coordinator CANNOT be compelled to tell who is involved. 26:04-26:11 austin WE TRY TO LET THEM KNOW THAT HAVING IF YOU DO GET THEM INVOLVED AND WE CAN GET CID IN THERE MAYBE GETS SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING IT, IT MIGHT HELP BUT WE LEAVE THAT CHOICE IN THEIR HANDS AND THAT GIVES SOME POWER BACK. 24:21- 24;27 SYLVIA IT GIVES THEM AN OPTION I THINK that's THE KEY POINT ONCE THEY START SEEING THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILIABLE TO THEM THEY START BUILDING UPON THEMSELVES. This month... commanders and supervisors will conduct a work place inspection to look for any inappropriate material that might be out in the open or displayed. They say that would include calendar featuring bikini clad models. Commanders will also revalidate all response coordinators and advocates to make sure they are right for the job.