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Commodore's Message

COMMODORE'S INTENT

R 311402Z MAY 13

ALCOAST 244/13
COMDTNOTE 1000
SUBJ: COMMANDERS INTENT - CAMPAIGN TO ELIMINATE SEXUAL ASSAULT FROM
OUR COAST GUARD
1. To execute the diverse, challenging and often hazardous missions
of the Coast Guard, we must all share a strong bond of trust and
mutual respect. Without both, discipline erodes, mission readiness is
degraded and the performance of our people is diminished. Sexual
assault is a crime. Commission of this act is a breach of trust,
violation of our core values and, therefore, must be eliminated from
our Service. The presence of sexual predators in our midst is
unacceptable. The Coast Guard will establish an effective program of
prevention, response, accountability of offenders and unqualified
support for victims without fear of stigma.
2. The following is my direction:
a. Create a culture intolerant of sexual assault or behaviors
that enable it. Ensure that every man and woman in the Coast Guard,
including active, reserve and civilian and auxilarist, is clear
regarding expectations. Our goal is to eliminate the commission of
these acts. There are no bystanders in this effort, I expect all
hands commitment.
b. Prevent sexual assault including unwelcomed sexual contact.
Rapidly transform our Service climate to ensure that every Coast
Guardsman takes ownership of this problem, recognizing their duty to
stop sexual assault before it occurs. Enhance training so that all
hands recognize indicators of this behavior and are prepared to
intervene.
c. Improve the availability and quality of response resources
and trusted peer networks. Establish an environment that, when an
assault is committed, victims come forward to report the offense with
confidence, trusting that they will be protected and cared for
without fear of reprisal or retaliation. Strengthen the program of
victim advocacy extending throughout the process.
d. Hold anyone who commits the crime of sexual assault
accountable. Improve reporting, investigative and prosecution
processes to ensure timely outcomes. Ensure objectivity and full
accountability as an effective deterrent.
e. Establish a program for victim advocacy and aftercare.
3. The Vice Commandant will personally oversee execution of this
Commanders Intent. The Deputy Commandant for Mission Support will act
as executive agent for implementation of the Coast Guard Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) strategic plan and follow-on
actions. Leaders at all levels will gain full knowledge of the scope
of this problem and Service strategies for eliminating sexual assault
from the Coast Guard. Individual leaders are responsible for
demonstrated commitment. I expect every Coast Guardsman to display
the same level of dedication and courage executing this intent that
they would on a lifesaving mission - that is, in fact, what this is
all about.
4. Each command will ensure that this Commanders Intent is read and
discussed with all hands.
5. Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, sends.
6. Internet release authorized.
Respectfully,

Tom

Thomas C. Mallison
National Commodore
US Coast Guard Auxiliary