Announcing the 2013 Sexual Assault Prevention Council Annual Report

Posted on behalf of Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft.

 

Official portrait of Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair H. Brown Sr.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair H. Brown Sr.

One of my first actions as Commandant was the issuance of my Direction for the Service. In my Direction, I stress as a guiding principle the importance of “Duty to People.” The first priority I set out under this guiding principle was a commitment to driving sexual assault from our ranks. This requires continued emphasis and effort, building upon the U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention Council’s efforts. The Coast Guard established this council in January 2013 to coordinate efforts to eliminate sexual assault from the Coast Guard.

The 2013 Sexual Assault Prevention Council Annual Report documents the dedicated work of the Council in addressing the problem of sexual assault across four cross-cutting themes, as laid out in the U.S Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017. By tackling this challenge along the lines of climate, prevention, response and accountability, the Council developed a collective understanding of the Service’s culture, and thus, provided a focused set of activities and milestones to guide both near- and long-term efforts to eliminate sexual assault. The Coast Guard continues to take substantial steps to improve the timeliness of the investigation and adjudication process for these criminal acts.

The Council and the Coast Guard achieved significant progress over a short period of time. However, more work lies ahead and we will remain stalwart in demonstrating the moral courage required to commit to a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace. Our core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty demand this of us.

Sincerely,

Paul F. Zukunft
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Commandant

Cover of 2013 Sexual Assault Preventipon Council Annual Report. Click on the image to open a PDF of the report.

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