IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 17, 2019
Ms. Ernst (for herself and Ms. Duckworth) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To provide for an advisory committee for the prevention of sexual misconduct in the Coast Guard, and for other purposes.
Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct in the Coast Guard
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish and maintain within the Department of Homeland Security an advisory committee to be known as the
Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct in the Coast Guard (in this section referred to as the
Deadline for establishment
The Secretary shall establish the Advisory Committee not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
The Advisory Committee shall consist of not more than 20 members, appointed by the Secretary from among individuals who have an expertise appropriate for the work of the Advisory Committee, including at least one individual with each expertise as follows:
Expertise in the prevention of sexual assault and behaviors on the sexual assault continuum of harm.
Expertise in the prevention of suicide.
Expertise in the change of culture of large organizations.
Expertise in implementation science.
Background of individuals
Individuals appointed to the Advisory Committee may include individuals with expertise in sexual assault prevention efforts of institutions of higher education, public health officials, and such other individuals as the Secretary considers appropriate.
Prohibition on membership of members of Armed Forces on active duty
A member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty may not serve as a member of the Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee shall advise the Secretary on the following:
The prevention of sexual assault (including rape, forcible sodomy, other sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct (including behaviors on the sexual assault continuum of harm)) involving members of the Coast Guard.
The policies, programs, and practices of the Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Academy for the prevention of sexual assault as described in subparagraph (A).
Basis for provision of advice
For purposes of providing advice to the Secretary pursuant to this subsection, the Advisory Committee shall review, on an ongoing basis, the following:
Cases involving allegations of sexual assault described in paragraph (1).
Efforts of institutions of higher education to prevent sexual assault among students.
Any other information or matters that the Advisory Committee or the Secretary consider appropriate.
Coordination of efforts
In addition to the reviews required by paragraph (2), for purposes of providing advice to the Secretary, the Advisory Committee shall also consult and coordinate with the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces (DAC–IPAD) on matters of joint interest to the two Advisory Committees.
Not later than March 30 each year, the Advisory Committee shall submit to the Secretary, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report on the activities of the Advisory Committee pursuant to this section during the preceding year.
Sexual assault continuum of harm
In this section, the term sexual assault continuum of harm includes—
inappropriate actions (such as sexist jokes), sexual harassment, gender discrimination, hazing, cyber bullying, or other behavior that contributes to a culture that is tolerant of, or increases risk for, sexual assault; and
maltreatment or ostracism of a victim for a report of sexual misconduct.