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LANTAREA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Resources

Reporting a Sexual Assault
 

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The LANTAREA family is made up of more than 40,000 men and women. No member of the Coast Guard family should be at risk of a sexual assault by another Coast Guard member. The Coast Guard aspires to be a family in which members come to the aid of others who find themselves at risk, rather than seeing them as someone to exploit.  Leaders at every level within a command have a duty to maintain a climate where sexual harassment and sexual assault are not tolerated.  Together we must create a climate where every member not only feels empowered, but duty-bound to intervene and stop inappropriate behavior by their subordinates, peers, and seniors.  I know this duty demands courage, and we display the capacity for this courage every day in our role as America’s Maritime First Responders. We must work together to ensure the protection of our most important assets…our people.

 

 

VADM R.C. Parker, Commander, Atlantic Area

 

As members of the world’s finest Coast Guard with the world’s finest people, we simply cannot tolerate the poison of sexual assault in any form, anywhere, anytime. Furthermore, we cannot stand idly by and do nothing as these crimes happen to our fellow Coast Guardsmen. We all have a professional, ethical, and personal duty to act. Every member of our great service deserves an environment free from this damaging and life altering behavior. It is really simple….take care of each other.

 

Command Master Chief, Steven Cantrell  Atlantic Area


What is Sexual Assault?  “Sexual assault” is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy, and other unwanted indecent contact (e.g., kissing against another person’s will) that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts. “Consent” means words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of refusal or lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent (i.e., “No Means No”). Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accuse’s use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. The victim’s lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from intoxication, from unconsciousness due to sleep or alcohol consumption, or from any other conditions which renders the person substantially incapacitated or substantially incapable of understanding the nature of the sexual act, declining participation in the act, or communicating unwillingness to engage in the sexual act does not constitute consent. (i.e. “With-out an enthusiastic Yes …it is a No”)A current or previous dating relationship shall not constitute consent. The manner of dress of the victim shall not constitute consent. (Note: These definitions are intended to be general descriptions used for training and educational purposes. Specific definitions of the elements of the sexual assault, sexual contact, and forcible sodomy offenses are found in Articles 120 and 125, UCMJ through the links below.)

 

 

UCMJ, Article 120.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/MCM-2012.pdf
(see page 352)

UCMJ, Article 125.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/MCM-2012.pdf
(see page 368)


Other Resources:
Chaplain Corps: (855) 872-4242
Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247 (operated by RAINN)
Secure instant messaging www.SafeHelpline.org
Confidential assistance 24/7 for DoD and CG service members
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Secure instant messaging www.rainn.org
Confidential assistance 24/7 for civilians
CGSUPRT: 1-855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) www.CGSUPRT.com
Confidential assistance 24/7 for all Team CG personnel
USCG Criminal Investigative Service (CGIS): (202) 372-2100

 

 

LANTAREA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Resources

Command Tool Kit

LANT Sexual Assault Prevention Page (Intranet only)

Image Safe HelpLine

Link for all Regional SAPR Coordinators:  http://www.uscg.mil/hr/cg111/sapr_contact.asp

No matter the circumstances, Sexual Assault is a criminal matter and is never acceptable.  No actions or inactions of a victim change this, ever.  It is understood that not all assaults are committed when a person is on leave or liberty.  Still, every member should take control of his/her own safety reducing their risk of being sexually assaulted:

 How can I lower my risk of sexual assault?

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

  • Be aware of your surroundings—who’s out there and what’s going on. Keep an eye on your drink.
  • Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
  • Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol.
  • Be assertive—don’t let anyone violate your space.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
  • Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
  • Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.
  • Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.
  • Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.
  • Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • Have your key ready to use before you reach the door—home, car, or work.
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.

In addition members may want to:

         Go on liberty in groups of at least three.

     Similar to a designating a driver, designate someone to watch over the group that night and watches for cues to intervene in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation.

     Look for phone apps that may provide some additional personal safety, (such as; “Circle of 6” app on Practical Steps section of LANT Sexual Assault Prevention Resources) .

     If you see a friend who is “out of it” and is being intimate with someone, you should pull them aside and try your best to make sure that person is safe and knows what he or she is doing. If it’s the opposite situation, and your friend is trying to engage in a sexual encounter with someone who is “out if it”, you should try to pull them aside and stop them from getting themselves into trouble.

     Don’t be a bystander.  If you see something that does not look right, say something.

You always have the right to say “no” and you always have the right to change your mind at any time regardless of your past experiences with other people or the person you are with. Below are some things you can say or do if you want so stop:

          Say “No”

          Say “I want to stop”

          Say “I need to go to the bathroom/toilet”

          Leave

Five Step Model for Bystander Intervention

  Notice the event

  Interpret it as an emergency

  Take Responsibility for acting

  Decide How to Act

  Choose to Act

 

 If I see something that does not look right, how can I intervene?

There are things you can do If you see a friend who is “out of it” and is being intimate with someone, you should pull them aside and try your best to make sure that person is safe and knows what he or she is doing. If it’s the opposite situation, and your friend is trying to engage in a sexual encounter with someone who is “out if it”, you should try to pull them aside and stop them from getting themselves into trouble.

         Call the person on their cell phone or interrupt to give them an “out”

  • Challenging comments that are harmful and promote harassment and violence
  • Have someone distract the aggressor while taking the person away.
  • Find someone who came with the individual to take the person away
  • Tell the host/hostess of the party

         Call 911

Links to suggested bystander resources:

http://myduty.mil/index.php/prevention/active-bystander

http://www.stopabuse.vt.edu/pdf/playbook.pdf

http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Booklets_Engaging-Bystanders-in-Sexual-Violence-Prevention.pdf

Videos:

http://myduty.mil/public/video/Bystander-Intervention-Basketball.wmv

http://myduty.mil/public/video/Bystander-Intervention-Bar-Scene.wmv

 

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