FLAG VOICE 383
The Coast Guard is fully committed to keeping our Shipmates healthy by
providing the best individual and family support services in the Federal
Government. In keeping with that pledge, CG SUPRT was launched one year ago
as the Coast Guard’s new Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Earlier this
year, CG SUPRT was honored by the Employee Assistance Society of North
America as the best corporate EAP in the United States for its excellence
This free, confidential program was created to help all active duty members, members of the Selected Reserve, civilian employees, and their family members maintain a healthy lifestyle, resolve personal problems as they arise, and balance professional and personal demands. Due to the extensive services provided, I will be sending out a series of Flag Voices describing specific resources available through CG SUPRT.
The first topic is services offered for victims of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a serious crime. It can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. While the Coast Guard is committed to eliminating sexual assault within its ranks, ensuring that victims have access to support services is of paramount importance.
It is important for commands and victims to be aware of services that are available. Help for victims of sexual assault can be obtained through a number of sources, including these:
You can contact the CG SUPRT program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on
its toll-free number or through its website,
SUPRT offers a number of services for those who have been sexually
assaulted. Short-term counseling is one of those services. When someone
contacts the CG SUPRT number, he or she will be offered confidential
face-to-face or telephonic counseling with a professional mental health
provider. The counselor will speak with the person and conduct a needs
assessment, provide short-term counseling (up to 12 sessions), and/or make a
referral to TRICARE or other services if the needs are more extensive and
require additional follow-up. CG SUPRT counselors are familiar with the
Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, and can assist
the caller, if they desire, with information on how to report an assault, or
how they can receive support services without triggering an investigation.
Placing a call to CG SUPRT to discuss a sexual assault does not prevent the
caller from filing a restricted report, which enables a victim to receive
support services without notifying their command or triggering an
As a leader, you can help someone who has been assaulted or abused by listening and offering comfort. It is important to reinforce the message that she or he is not at fault and that it is natural to feel a range of emotions such as anger, sadness, confusion, and shame. You can also ensure that the victim gets access to the police, the hospital, their local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), a Coast Guard Victim Advocate (VA), or to counseling, as desired.
Members and commands can also contact their local SARC for program guidance, unit training needs, or for additional information on reporting sexual assault. The contact information for local SARCs, along with additional resources, guidance on supporting victims of sexual assault, a command tool-kit, and other valuable program information, can be found at the following link: www.uscg.mil/sapr. You can also call toll free at 1-800-872-4957, and follow the prompts.
As a member of the greater Coast Guard family, it is important for us to take care of each other
and our families. To do so, we must also take care of ourselves. Be strong, be proactive, and
use the CG SUPRT Program early and often to help ensure we keep ourselves and our Service “Semper Paratus.”
Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun
D. A. NEPTUN
Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 6/19/13