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VA San Diego Supports White Ribbon Campaign
Wednesday, October 7, 2020VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), as part of a national VA initiative, is supporting the White Ribbon campaign this month to help promote a respectful, safe, and welcoming health care environment for patrons, volunteers, and visitors.
White Ribbon VA aims to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and communities by promoting a positive change in the culture.
“I would encourage our patients, staff, and visitors to pledge against unacceptable behaviors that create a bad environment at our facilities,” said Dr. Robert Smith, VASDHS Director.
The initiative supports VA’s efforts to promote healthy behaviors and to encourage employees, veterans, visitors, and its partners to join in VA efforts to be part of the solution to end forms of harassment, sexual assault, and/or domestic violence. White Ribbon VA supports the continued implementation of the Stand Up to Stop Harassment Now! campaign, which was launched in VA health care facilities nationwide last fall.
“VA recognizes that sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence are serious, yet preventable,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Launching White Ribbon VA during Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a unique opportunity to promote healthy relationships and reinforce VA’s zero-tolerance policy.”
As part of this effort, VA is joining forces with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and White Ribbon USA to help Veterans, their families, and communities examine the far-reaching impact and implications of domestic violence and create a culture without sexual assault, sexual harassment and intimate partner violence.
By pledging against sexual harassment and sexual assault and holding true to your promise, Smith said “We can create a more unified environment of respect that sets the standard of optimal care for all our Veterans.”
To learn more about VA’s efforts to promote healthy behaviors and end sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA and how you can help visit: https://www.socialwork.va.gov/IPV/Index.asp