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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Nov. 6, 2023

CGA Alumni Association hosts community healing event Nov. 14-15

By AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG staff writer

The Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association is hosting a Community Healing Event for survivors of sexual assault and harassment and their allies.  

The event will kick off with an opening reception on the evening of Nov. 14 and continue Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Arlington, Virginia. To ensure attendee privacy and to create a trauma-informed environment focused on healing and support, this event will not be open to a virtual audience or be recorded.  

To register and learn more, go here USCGA Alumni Community Healing Event. The deadline for registration is Nov. 7. 

“Healing from sexual assault and sexual harassment looks different for different people,” said Capt. Andrea Marcille (ret.), CG Alumni Association President. “And we acknowledge that no single event can heal a survivor or our communities. Rather, our goal in hosting this event is to provide another avenue of conversation around how to continue to move forward in addressing the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment and better support our communities.” 

Who should attend 

  • Survivors seeking support and resources 
  • Allies seeking education on how to best support Survivors 
  • Individuals seeking transparency from the Coast Guard on their response to Fouled Anchor 
  • Those interested in learning how sexual assault and harassment are handled in the Coast Guard today 

Why you should attend

  • Access resources on trauma and self-care 
  • Learn, grow, and create a culture for everyone to feel safe and valued 
  • Give support for Survivors 
  • Better understand the trauma of sexual assault & harassment 

The Commandant, Adm. Linda Fagan, with the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen (ret.), will close the event. Other Coast Guard speakers will include: 

  • Rear Adm. Miriam Lafferty, Chair of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team  
  • Rear Adm. William Dwyer, Chief Prosecutor of the Coast Guard 
  • Capt. Eva VanCamp, CGA Assistant Superintendent 
  • Dr. Felicia Garland-Jackson, the CG’s Primary Prevention Program Manager 
  • Lindsay Charles, Chief of the SAPRR Oversight and Policy Office 

The CGA Alumni Association is also bringing in Veterans Affairs Military Sexual Trauma Services Coordinator and Women’s Health Clinic Psychologist, Dr. Valene Whittaker, and the Senior Consultants for RAINN, Laura Simms and Jessica St. Germaine. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the Nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. 

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