CSS completes SAPR training, touts victim's legal counsel to help victims
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Center for Service Support (CSS) completed Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training for all hands, April 10.
The training is designed to meet Congressional, Department of Defense (DoD) and DoN requirements as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
"It must be a one team, one fight concept when it comes to sexual assault," said Senior Chief Electrician's Mate (SW) Mike Gogets, CSS's victim advocate (VA). "Training all hands allows us to strive toward the same goals with the same information. Continual and consistent training is beneficial for everyone."
"We reinforce our Navy Ethos and tenets by stamping out sexual assault in the Navy," said Gogets. "This is not just a DoD specific problem and everyone must address it. The solution to this problem is elusive but we will never stop searching."
The SAPR training was about an hour long and consisted of a presentation by Gogets and Allison Agnello, Naval Station Newport (NWPT) Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) followed by group discussions.
"Sexual Assault impacts all Sailors, but the commands at NWPT do a great job creating an environment where harassment and assault are not tolerated and bystander intervention is encouraged," said Agnello. "The SAPR Program conducts numerous outreach and awareness events to get the program recognized so our Sailors learn about the program and feel confident in reporting or asking questions about sexual assault."
Agnello also touted the Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) to help victims.
"The VLC is available to assist in victim support and advocacy," said Agnello. "VLCs are Navy judge advocates trained to assist, advise and advocate for victims through legal and administrative challenges. We must always protect the victims."
"You must not overlook the survivors," said Agnello. "We must listen to them and treat them with respect. We must also ensure they receive follow-on services and be available when they need us, day or night."
"Our Sailors and civilian personnel must be trained on SAPR principles and resources," said Agnello. "Our training increases the quality of our response team and further ingrains the Navy's policy of zero tolerance."
CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.
Additional information and resources to combat sexual assault are available at http://www.sapr.navy.mil.
Sexual assault affects Navy readiness, and the Navy is committed to preventing sexual assault.
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