Commentary | Nov. 3, 2020

REACT – New Model created by TRACEN Petaluma's Sexual Assault Prevention Response and Recovery Advisory Committee

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Training Center (TRACEN) Petaluma's Sexual Assault Prevention Response and Recovery Advisory Committee (SAPRRAC) implemented a new training program for our service members, already ardent in their bias for action. The REACT training program provides TRACEN Petaluma’s "A" school students and faculty members  with a realistic tool on how to be an active bystander.  

"I am proud of the committed SAPRRAC professionals who developed an effective REACT model that provides these aspiring Coast Guard professionals with the tools and techniques they need to be empowered to recognize and stop sexual harassing and assault behaviors in their work and personal lives." said Capt. Steve Ramassini, TRACEN Petaluma commanding officer. "The team's hard work and dedication continue to be instrumental in our persistent effort to eliminate behaviors on the continuum of harm that contribute to sexual assault in the Coast Guard."

The REACT model:
Recognize potentially problematic situations;
Evaluate whether or not the nature of the situation is one that needs intervention;
Assess responsibility; assess personal responsibility for intervention;
Confirm appropriate action; how you could act;
Take action to intervene.

The SAPRRAC hopes to empower "A" school students to act and avert a situation from evolving and preventing their shipmates from going through a potentially life altering event. 

“This training excites me," said Michelle Underwood, the SAPRR program manager for the Coast Guard. "Effective training is progressive; it uses collective experiences, creates a safe space to explore, reveals barriers to responding to inappropriate behaviors, and encourages dialogue and actions that empower. REACT is leadership training, and TRACEN Petaluma is motivated to implement." 

“The interactive training is built off of actual situations that happened at TRACEN,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brittney C. Gatewood, a yeoman who instructed the training. “We then walk the “A” students through each situation and show them how to mitigate situations using one prevention technique; the REACT model.” 

The students have the opportunity to move around the room, engage, express their opinions with back and forth conversations with peers, listen and understand everyone’s different point of views, and brainstorm. 

Gatewood hopes “the REACT training has as much of an impact on them” as it does on her. “Ideally it would save Coast Guard members from a situation due to their shipmates stepping in and stopping it from unfolding. Sexual assault should be talked about; as it is a real issue…Preparing members for what to do in a situation can potentially prevent it from continuing into an assault.”

PETALUMA, Calif. – Capt. Steven Ramassini, Commanding Officer U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma presents the 2019 Department of Defense Excellence in Prevention (Sexual Assault) Award to the unit’s Sexual Assault Prevention Response and Recovery (SAPRR) committee members Chief Petty Officer Darcy Hislop and Petty Officer 1st Class Brittney Gatewood, on October 16, 2020. The SAPPR committee developed an interactive prevention training program, which has been delivered to over 1,000 A-school students, called Recognize, Evaluate, Assess responsibility, Confirm appropriate action and finally Take action (REACT) increasing awareness of practical experience with intervention techniques. Other awardees (not pictured) include Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, Lt. Karissa Hernandez, Chief Warrant Officer Ian Powell, Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Quintiliani, Petty Officer 1st Class Sabrina Moranville, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Jordan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by LT Ganley
PETALUMA, Calif. – Capt. Steven Ramassini, Commanding Officer U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma presents the 2019 Department of Defense Excellence in Prevention (Sexual Assault) Award to the unit’s Sexual Assault Prevention Response and Recovery (SAPRR) committee members Chief Petty Officer Darcy Hislop and Petty Officer 1st Class Brittney Gatewood, on October 16, 2020. The SAPPR committee developed an interactive prevention training program, which has been delivered to over 1,000 A-school students, called Recognize, Evaluate, Assess responsibility, Confirm appropriate action and finally Take action (REACT) increasing awareness of practical experience with intervention techniques. Other awardees (not pictured) include Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, Lt. Karissa Hernandez, Chief Warrant Officer Ian Powell, Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Quintiliani, Petty Officer 1st Class Sabrina Moranville, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Jordan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by LT Ganley.)

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