Across the Fire Service, from President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the United States Fire Administrator on down to the street level firefighter, members have sought to change the culture when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault. A goal of iWomen is to provide resources for those who have experienced harassment and assault and to provide training to prevent this from continuing to occur in the fire service. Our intention is to create a culture that respects the dignity of every member of the fire service. Additionally we will strive to:
- Reduce the stigma of reporting
- Ensure the well-being of the victim
- Increase training and resources
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with the values of the fire service and will not be tolerated. We must provide a culture that respects and protects ALL members. This needs to start now. We challenge all leaders to foster a climate of trust and respect. In addition we demand that any offenders of sexual harassment and sexual assault be held accountable for their actions. iWomen stands united with members of the fire service in getting the message out that this type of behavior will not be tolerated against another and that those member who engage in such activities have no place in the fire service.
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