“Sexual assault is an ugly mark on our proud reputation; it goes against everything we claim to be as United States Marines … it is a crime … and we will eradicate it from the Corps,” said General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps recognizes that sexual assault is a problem within our ranks and we are taking action now to change our culture to prevent and eliminate this crime. This is not who we are as a Marine Corps. As Marines, we pride ourselves on iron discipline and combat excellence. We know sexual assault damages lives, erodes trust and unit cohesion, and dishonors all Marines past and present. We are accountable as individual Marines and leaders at every level. Americans join our Corps with the faith that we will treat them with dignity and respect, and we will address any misconduct or criminal behavior with swift and fair justice.
Marines must also have confidence that, if assaulted, we will immediately provide compassionate victim support and hold offenders accountable. When it comes to sexual assault prevention, all Marines know we have fallen short.