"Eliminating sexual assault from the armed forces remains one of the Department of Defense's top priorities," Hagel said in a news release. "This effort requires our absolute and sustained commitment to providing a safe environment in which every service member and [Department of Defense] civilian is free from the threat of sexual harassment and assault."
In a memo, he unveiled seven directives. They are:
"Sexual assault is a stain on the honor of our men and women who honorably serve our country, as well as a threat to the discipline and the cohesion of our force. It must be stamped out," Hagel said.
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