By C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service
WASHINGTON — In the Army’s fight against sexual harassment and assault, soldiers cannot be passive, according to the Army’s chief of staff. They must recognize and confront other soldiers engaged in offensive behavior or who may sexually assault someone.
“We need to eliminate the prevalent bystander mentality,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. “It’s intolerable to me that there are people that see sexual harassment or circumstances that could lead to sexual assault, and choose to turn the other way.”
Odierno spoke Tuesday before the 2012 “I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Summit,” just outside Washington, D.C.
Odierno said passive bystanders who do not assist those who they think might be at risk of sexual assault, and who aren’t willing to confront