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Celebrating women of character, courage and commitment: CPO Tina Claflin

Family history can determine many things, and for Chief Petty Officer Tina Claflin, it wasn’t much of a surprise it guided her career path.


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

Sexual harassment or sexual assault? Do you know the difference?

Leadership and the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment are inextricably connected. As leaders, we need to not only assess our command climate, we need to assess how well we are helping our shipmates understand what is and is not acceptable behavior and the connections between sexual harassment and sexual assault. Both sexual assault and sexual harassment are incompatible with our Core Values and service in the Coast Guard. Offenders can and should expect serious consequences if they decide to engage in either behavior.


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

Why aren’t you talking with your Shipmates about sexual assault? Why is it so hard to admit we have a problem?

In the inaugural post for our series “Why aren’t you talking with your Shipmates about sexual assault?” we detailed some of the barriers to effective communication that may be hindering our ability to develop a shared perception – a shared reality – regarding the crime of sexual assault in the Coast Guard. We continue that discussion by examining another barrier that not only hinders communication, but also hinders our ability to create change.


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

Petty officer found guilty, sentenced for sexual assault, other criminal acts

A Coast Guard petty officer was convicted and sentenced Saturday during a general court-martial at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez was sentenced to confinement of eight years, reduction to pay grade E-1, and a dishonorable discharge.


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

SAPR SITREP – Update on sexual assault court-martials

As part of our efforts to help Coast Guardsmen better understand the military justice system and to bring awareness to the military justice system’s handling of cases involving charges of sexual assault, this blog post summarizes information about recent and ongoing trials – information that has already been released to the public via the media.


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

Why aren’t you talking with your Shipmates about sexual assault?

This blog post, and those that will follow in a series, is a means by which we can begin to shape our shared perception, our shared understanding of the severity of the problem, a shared reality of what must be done to eliminate this behavior from our midst. This blog post is written to directly, frankly, and intrusively inform its readers of the breadth and scope of sexual assault in the Coast Guard – your Coast Guard, our Coast Guard, America’s Coast Guard.


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

Coast Guard announces new sexual assault victim advocate standards

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Health, Safety and Work-Life announced Tuesday the implementation of new and more stringent screening criteria that resulted in removal of the victim advocate designation from 76 active-duty personnel performing that collateral duty.


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

Personnel feedback helps SAPR program continue to improve

ALCOAST 449/13, Situation Report Two: U.S. Coast Guard Military Campaign for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, introduced members of the service to, among other matters, the findings of a series of 10 focus group discussions facilitated by the Commandant’s Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity Council’s Junior Council and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office.


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.”


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