HomeNewsArticle Display

Zero tolerance for sexual assault

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFPN) -- The Air Force Academy superintendent restated Feb. 21 that there is "zero tolerance" for sexual assault at the academy and in the Air Force at large.

"Any and all perpetrators will be brought to justice and disciplined appropriately," said Lt. Gen. John Dallager. "Such reprehensible action is utterly inconsistent with our commitment to train and equip a world-class officer corps that is the pride of our nation."

Congress and the media are focusing on the academy concerning sexual assaults. As a commander and parent, this issue has Dallager's personal attention and the highest interest of Air Force senior leaders, to include the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff, he said.

Since 1995, the academy's Cadet Victim/Witness and Assistance Program has not only taught sexual assault prevention, but provided awareness training, medical care, counseling services, legal consultation, victim advocacy, spiritual consultation and investigation. The program continues to educate cadets and support the victims of sexual assault to help in their recovery, increase reporting and create opportunities for investigation, prosecution and conviction.

"Creating an environment where our cadets are free from the threat of sexual assault is our ultimate goal," Dallager said.

Several weeks ago, cadet feedback to the Air Force secretary resulted in a senior-level working group to review sexual assault issues at the academy and all commissioning sources.

The group is trying to identify improvements and underlying causes of this issue, as well as to evaluate longer-term changes. Its charter is to examine the facts and review and evaluate policies and procedures concerning reports of sexual assaults in Air Force officer training programs, with particular emphasis on the Air Force Academy. This is to ensure policies, procedures, training, case disposition, victim support and all other aspects of this issue are consistent with justice, Air Force values and the goal of training the airmen of tomorrow.

"Inside the academy we're taking actions to increase the awareness about reporting of sexual assault and safety issues," Dallager said. "Additionally, we're seeking ways to improve our current programs, and we're enhancing the level of coordination between the agencies involved in sexual assault cases."

Dallager is also working to improve communication.

"In the last few weeks, the (academy) leadership, cadet peer counselors and I have met in many different settings with assault victims and the entire cadet wing. We've sought their counsel on our programs and their suggestions on how to improve them," he said.

"This issue has the attention of the academy and the Air Force. Sexual assaults are something that cannot be tolerated or ignored," said Dallager. "At all levels, I will reiterate that throughout the Air Force at large and the United States Air Force Academy there is zero tolerance for sexual assault."

Engage

Twitter
Multinational, multiservice joint integration training of Agile Combat Employment concepts between the USAF,… https://t.co/Jdi2BKcwlQ
Twitter
We’re back. 🇺🇸 #AimHigh https://t.co/FUVpIOM06K
Twitter
RT @NASAKennedy: After a successful launch at 3:22 p.m. ET, @SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug onboard is…
Twitter
RT @AF_SBIR_STTR: During a @T_W_Enterprise event, Salvo Technologies demonstrated how their technology could benefit the warfighter by deve…
Twitter
RT @NASA: LIVE NOW: #LaunchAmerica, Take 2. 🎬 Watch as @NASA_Astronauts fly to the @Space_Station from U.S. soil for the first time in nine…
Twitter
#SafetyFirst! @22ARW shows how to perform motorcycle safety. #ReadyAF https://t.co/VEEmq4CkVm
Twitter
Taking care of our Airmen! #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/6SrkNxXoUv
Twitter
RT @CitizenAirman: The June 2020 issue of Citizen Airman Magazine is online now! - https://t.co/wScm3DZIFq #ReserveReady #ReserveResilient
Twitter
Uniform changes scheduled to become mandatory for the Operational Camouflage Pattern and Two-Piece Flight Duty Unif… https://t.co/oYJ1VYY4KQ
Twitter
RT @1stAF: .@1stAF's aligned @CivilAirPatrol #MichiganWing transport #COVID19 test kits. #CAP, is the official #auxiliary of the @usairforc
Twitter
.@Whiteman_AFB maintenance group, the backbone of the B-2 Spirit, gets the mission done - no matter the time, or th… https://t.co/lUZqaz7XoE
Twitter
Staff Sgt. Adam Flaucher, a special missions aviator, secures a helmet at Moody AFB. They served as an alert unit f… https://t.co/7L1nHzEVDk
Twitter
Check out @KunsanAirBase's air traffic controllers clearing aircraft for landing while training in the rain!… https://t.co/5B3A2Ri88y
Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: Staff Sgt. Shelby Throckerton, an aviation technician with the 555th Fighter Squadron, discusses her job responsibilit…
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: LIVE: @EsperDoD, #GenMilley, & #SEAC4 Ramón “CZ” Colón-López hold a virtual town hall meeting. https://t.co/TvsR60PIqz
Twitter
RT @HQAirUniversity: AU recently partnered with @ASU to transform the distance learning experience for @USAirForce officers and civilians g…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,228,390
Follow Us