Sexual Assault Awareness Month is underscored Thursday with a proclamation signed by Governor Matt Mead.

The Wyoming National Guard also recognizes the month as an opportunity to further its commitment toward changing any existing culture within the military that tolerates the crime.

"Its a criminal offense and it doesn't have a place in the army. It really degrades our mission readiness, separating the team, breaking up morale. We just can't operate in that environment so we want to prevent that so we can continue our mission."

Master Sergeant Charles Olivas, spokesperson for the Wyoming Army and Air Guard says the military's SHARP Training, acronym Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response Program, is a mandatory training designed to reduce instances of assault and harassment.