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.


Take Action: Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Attend Bystander Interactive Training

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and during this month, the Coast Guard will roll out Bystander Intervention Training (CG BIT). CG BIT is an interactive training that contains a blend of practical exercises and discussion based scenarios designed to motivate and mobilize people who may see, hear, or recognize signs of inappropriate or unsafe situation to act. As leaders (and we are all 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.


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.