Cultivating respect and accountability

Some potentially positive news from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program: The 2016 Workplace Gender Relations Survey of active duty members reported a 22.5 percent decrease in the amount of restricted reports and a 15.4 percent decrease in the amount of unrestricted reports of sexual assault made by women in the Coast Guard between 2014 and 2016. The number of reports made by men remained fairly unchanged.


Paratus Report: June 2017, Episode 2

The newest Paratus Report is out with information on the Coast Guard’s participation in the Tradewinds exercise in Barbados, the 2016 Coast Guard Report to Congress on sexual assault and we wish the Coast Guard Auxiliary a happy 78th birthday!


U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

From the Homefront: You never have to face this alone

Sexual assault is not an easy topic. We never talk about it. I know I am afraid to bring it up because I don’t want to scare anyone or intrude on their privacy. But we really need to face it.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz, director of Health, Safety and Work-Life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Our Duty to People: Building a culture of respect

Each year, the Coast Guard joins in the national recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Over the past several years, we have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to stand up to sexual assault and say, “Not in my Coast Guard!”


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The Paratus Report, Episode 7

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! The Paratus Report is a workforce news program focused at keeping Coast Guard members informed of what’s happening throughout their Coast Guard. The episode will air monthly on the official Coast Guard YouTube channel, and a brief recap with additional information will be provided right here on Coast Guard All Hands.


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Retaliation: Not in my Coast Guard

This morning, Human Rights Watch released a report titled “Embattled: Retaliation Against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military.” The report contains findings based on Human Rights Watch’s independent research into retaliation against sexual assault victims and includes a number of recommendations to Congress and the military on ways we can better protect reporting victims.


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From the Commandant: Not in my Coast Guard

The demands of our missions require a level of trust and respect that is violated by this terrible crime. With utmost vigilance we stand the watch, from combating transnational organized crime to fighting terrorism, to stopping human trafficking. Our duty to people demands we project this same vigilance in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We have made great strides, but we are not done yet.


U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Sexual assault is a crime, not a punch line

On Wednesday night, Comedy Central aired the season premiere of a show called Workaholics. The show featured a storyline in which a group of characters meant to be Coast Guard recruiters were depicted in a vile hazing incident which included both an illegal criminal act of sexual assault and the involvement of a dog. The show went on to include a scene in which these same characters agreed to take part in a pornographic movie.


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From the Commandant: Our Core Values are conditions of service

Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is inconsistent with our Core Values and degrades mission readiness. Sexual assault is abhorrent to our Service culture.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp congratulates Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown during his retirement ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

After 36 years of service, VADM Manson K. Brown retires from active duty

Vice Admiral Brown’s strategic vision translated the Year of the Coast Guard Family into a program of sustained focus under the Family Campaign Plan. The reinvigorated effort improved family housing, access to family services abd innovative support programs. As the Coast Guard Executive Agent for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Vice Admiral Brown concpetualized and implemented a robust campaign to eliminate sexual assault in the Coast Guard. In close coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, he guided an Executive Council to identify concerns and improve sexual assault prevention and response policies.


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