Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward L. Parliman, III, son of Debra A. Parliman of Lehighton, and Edward L. Parliman, Jr of Lehighton, is currently deployed.
Parliman along with fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign throughout the month of April.
Enterprise Sailors are focusing on the awareness and prevention of sexual assault in support of the overall DoD theme, "Hurts One, Affects All." SAAM initiative is to ensure each and every Sailor and Marine aboard the Enterprise completely understands that the prevention of sexual assault is an all-hands effort.
Sexual assault not only negatively impacts the Navy's rediness, but also the well being of Sailors. This effort is driven by Enterprise's leadership, every Sailor and Marine has the right to a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and assault.
The command's SAAM initiative consists of three phases. The first phase, "Hurts One, Affects All, " informs service members that even a single incident of sexual assault negatively impacts combat readiness and effectiveness.
The second phase, "Prevention is Everyone's Duty, " focuses on how Sailors and Marines must lookout for one another, both on and off duty, to prevent harm.
The third phase, "We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault, " stresses the fact that sexual assault is a problem affecting everyone in the military, regardless of service or paygrade, and must be eliminated through an all-hands effort.