Coast Guard crewmembers confront sexual assault at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard members at Sector St. Petersburg wore their service dress blue uniforms to raise awareness and facilitate discussion about sexual assault in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wednesday.

Service Dress Blue Day is a Coast Guard-wide initiative to raise awareness of the Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crewmembers are shown donned in their service dress blue uniforms at the sector to take part in a Coast Guard-wide initiative to raise awareness of the Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt encouraged all Coast Guard chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs and other senior leadership to wear their dress uniforms to draw attention and create discussion amongst Coast Guardsmen about sexual assault prevention awareness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crewmembers are shown donned in their service dress blue uniforms at the sector to take part in a Coast Guard-wide initiative to raise awareness of the Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse

Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, encouraged all Coast Guard chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs and other senior leadership to wear their dress uniforms to draw attention and create discussion amongst Coast Guardsmen about sexual assault prevention awareness.

“Our goal is to foster discussion within the ranks about sexual assault and break down the barriers of reporting a crime,” said Capt. Gregory Case, sector’s commander. “We are determined to change the culture related to sexual assault awareness and prevention.  Facilitating discussions throughout the sector is an important first step.”

For more information about the Coast Guard Sexual Prevention and Response Program, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/rape_sexual_assault.asp.

 

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