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Chiefs dress up to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Members of the Bay Area Chief's Mess hold letters spelling the words "No Bystanders" on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton April 3, 2013. The Chief's Mess sponsored the day as Service Dress Blues Day to attract attention and begin discussions with personnel about sexual assault prevention awareness. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and during this month, every unit in the Coast Guard will conduct a unit sexual assault awareness and prevention event to inform personnel about how to prevent sexual assault and resources available. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie)

If you were at a Coast Guard unit yesterday you may have wondered why Coast Guard chiefs were walking around in their dress uniforms in the middle of the week. Good. That is just the conversation starter we wanted when we created Service Dress Blue Day. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Coast Guard and, as chiefs, we wanted to send a very strong message to all Coast Guardsmen that sexual assault will not be tolerated in our Coast Guard.

This is my Coast Guard. This is my unit. This is my watch.

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The month of April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the month Coast Guard Compass will highlight first-person accounts from men and women of the Coast Guard who are taking a stand against the crime of sexual assault. Our first account comes from Master Chief Petty Officer Devin R. Spencer, officer-in-charge of Station San Francisco, whose experience has taught him “It all starts at the top.”