Duty to People is one of three guiding principles established by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Standing at the forefront of this principle is eradicating sexual assault from our service in order to promote a safe and healthy work environment for each and every Coast Guard member.
In January 2013, the Coast Guard established the Sexual Assault Prevention Council to coordinate efforts toward eliminating sexual assault and harassment within our service.
Recently, the council was recognized by the Department of Defense and awarded the Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award, which recognizes groups or individuals who contribute an innovative approach or idea to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs within the armed forces.
Specifically, the council received the award in recognition of the best practice it establishes by directly engaging senior leaders across the enterprise in leading the way on prevention of sexual assaults in the service.
The citation awarded to the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention Council reads:
“Sexual Assault Prevention Council (SAPC) and its standing committees for superior innovation and team performance in coordinating the service-wide efforts to eradicate sexual assault from the Coast Guard from October 2013 through July 2014. The Council was established to coordinate the Service’s activities to rapidly implement and operationalize near-term strategies to best position the Coast Guard to drive sexual assault from the ranks, which set the foundation for improvements to Coast Guard culture, prevention, response, and accountability associated with sexual assault. Recognizing a “culture of respect” as the best preventative measure, the Council increased the service’s collective understanding of the current climate, provided tools to drive positive culture change, infused training at all levels with advancing a respectful climate intolerant of sexual assault, and strengthened efforts to identify, prosecute, and separate offenders. These actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.”
For more information about the awards and recipients, please read the Department of Defense press release.