Logos representing the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Health, Safety & Work-Life, the teal ribbon signifiying the military's commitment to eliminating sexual assault, and the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Sexual assault perpetrator gets 10 years confinement, bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay, reduction to E-1

The 9th Coast Guard District announced, Sept. 24, 2013, that a petty officer third class was sentenced to 10-years confinement, a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and reduction to the paygrade of E-1, as a result of a conviction at a court-martial in Norfolk, Va., for sexual assault and other charges.


Logos representing the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Health, Safety & Work-Life, the teal ribbon signifiying the military's commitment to eliminating sexual assault, and the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Coast Guard committed to transparency in handling of sexual assault cases

Breakout sessions completed at the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit resulted in a consistent theme that greater transparency about the Coast Guard’s handling of sexual assault is necessary to increase awareness within the organization that sexual assault is a service-wide issue. The Coast Guard implemented a communication strategy in August aimed directly at that need and has adopted a posture that favors the release of information about military justice cases involving charges of sexual assault. This blog post provides a summary of the most recent information released by the service about sexual assault cases.


More than 150 Coast Guard men and women attending the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

No bystanders – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit

“I believe we can eradicate sexual assault from our ranks and I reject the notion that it is the cost of doing business,” said Deputy Commandant for Missions Support Vice Adm. Manson Brown. “We have to believe we can eradicate this problem from our ranks. It has to be the core belief of this campaign. We as leaders, at all levels, need to realize there is a higher expectation for us than for those in the rest of society.”


WASHINGTON — More than 150 Coast Guard men and women attending the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Andrews, Air Force Base, Md. The two-day summit’s purpose is reflected in its them of, “One team, One Fight – Empowering People, Building Trust, Changing Culture.” The agenda of the summit is designed to address specific findings of focus groups recently completed by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office. Those focus groups revealed that many personnel don’t believe sexual assault is a problem in the Coast Guard, that personnel often have difficulty understanding the full and legal definition of sexual assault, and that junior personnel don’t fully trust the chain of command when it comes to reporting sexual assault. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Christopher T. O’Neil.

One Team, One Fight – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit

More than 150 Coast Guard men and women are gathered at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a two-day summit on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The purpose of the summit, and the call to action for attendees, is reflected in the summit’s theme, “One Team, One Fight – Empowering People, Building Trust, Changing Culture.”


Logos representing the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Health, Safety & Work-Life, the teal ribbon signifiying the military's commitment to eliminating sexual assault, and the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Coordinating the Coast Guard response to sexual assault

Forty-five participants from 30 units. Twelve Topics. Eight speakers in three August days. One vital purpose – U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Training.


WASHINGTON — The members of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office document the office’s establishment with a team portrait, May 30, 2013. Pictured are, from left to right, (back row), Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, Public Affairs Officer, Cmdr. Ben Smith, DOD SAPRO Liaison, Lt. Cmdr. Dan Rogers, Program Analyst, and (front row) Lt. Cmdr. Leanne Lusk, Deputy Director, Shawn Wren, Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Manager, Master Chief Petty Officer Bobbie Sisto, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Petty Officer Tina Claflin, Project Manager, and Capt. Robert Smith, Director. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Tamargo)

Military Campaign Office takes all-hands-on-deck approach to eliminating sexual assaults from Coast Guard

The sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office is a strategically focused office responsible to rapidly operationalize and implement the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategic Plan. The office is responsible for the rapid implementation of near-term strategies that will create the processes, training regimens, measurements, and support system integrity that will best position the service to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual assault from the service.


Logos representing the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Health, Safety & Work-Life, the teal ribbon signifiying the military's commitment to eliminating sexual assault, and the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Junior personnel provide insights into eliminating sexual assault from the Coast Guard

In June the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. John Currier, directed the creation of a Junior Council to collect input from volunteers of the age demographic within the Coast Guard most likely to experience sexual assault and who wish to inform the Coast Guard’s efforts on eliminating sexual assault.


Logos representing the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Health, Safety & Work-Life, the teal ribbon signifiying the military's commitment to eliminating sexual assault, and the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

New Office of Special Victims Counsel will assist sexual assault victims

Special victims counsels will provide assistance to victims by answering questions about the military justice process, discussing availability of additional victim support services and engaging with the investigation and prosecution processes to help the victim protect his/her interests, rights and privacy.


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