Browsing: Sexual assault prevention and response

Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Bonnie McCammond thought she was among friends when she crashed on the couch at a housewarming party several years ago. She awoke to another sailor raping her, and as she was leaving the next morning, he asked for her phone number.  He said he had a great time and he’d like to see her again, she recalled. “And in that moment it’s like, ‘You really think this is okay,’ ” she said. “You think that someone asleep, anywhere, whether intoxicated or not — you didn’t think there was a problem with this.” McCammond’s story is the…

If you are a junior enlisted Coastie, you might have wondered if you missed the memo April 3 when you went in to work. Your chief was looking sharp in his or her service dress blues, and you were wearing your ODUs. But the chiefs wore their SDBs on Wednesday to bring attention to a serious issue: sexual assault in the Coast Guard, said Command Master Chief R. Shane Hooker, command master chief for the deputy commandant of mission support at Coast Guard Headquarters. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The service had 156 reported cases of sexual assault in…

Let’s get straight to the point: one sailor and one Marine died during Labor Day weekend 2010, and 52 sailors and Marines were injured, some of them seriously, in motor vehicle mishaps or off-duty activities, according to the Naval Safety Center. Most, the Safety Center says, were completely preventable had proper risk management practices been followed. This annual three-day weekend begs for some party time. In its 2011 Labor Day Weekend Briefing Points, the Safety Center asks sailors and Marines to remember that if alcohol is on the menu — there won’t be many parties where it’s not, right? –…

It’s another survey, but an important one:  A confidential and anonymous online survey by the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. The Navy wants sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians to fill it out and help assess the “functionality and effectiveness” of the SAPR program and, perhaps more importantly, to help the Navy determine just how widespread the problem is within the ranks. The Navy and Marine Corps tallied more than 900 sexual assaults during the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, 2010. The Navy, however, admits its data on sexual assault incidents fall well short of…

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