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Standing up for your rights and the rights of others onboard

NOT ON MY WATCHTM is an APMA community service awareness and education campaign that links maritime workers and their families with resources and materials to make our industry better. Our goal is twofold: to increase information and awareness of abuse and self-destructive behavior in our American Maritime Community & provide appropriate resources for individuals dealing with these harmful behaviors.

NOT ON MY WATCHTM is more than a resource, it’s a call to action! We want you to join AMPA in our campaign against sexual assault, harassment and other self-destructive behaviors by standing up and saying, NOT ON MY WATCHTM. Follow our web and social media campaigns and lend your voice to this important issue. Thank you for standing watch with the APMA.


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The American Professional Mariners Association has partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673) or online at 

RAINN works 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. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. The APMA links RAINN information to our members and social media followers as part of our public service program to the Maritime Community. 


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We Can All Prevent Suicide.  The APMA works in partnership with The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline who provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go online at

The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide. The APMA links information to our members and social media followers as part of our public service program to the Maritime Community.



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The APMA partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation as a signatory to the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge. We join this federal initiative to take action and raise awareness among the maritime industry. As with other public services, the APMA shares news of counter-trafficking efforts through campaign materials and will be active in new policy recommendations and other efforts. To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement, call 1-866-347-2423.


As a member of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), APMA is able to provide our community with special access to educational information and materials created by the SOCP.

  •  Learn how to recognize abusive behaviors and the maritime industry’s best practices for addressing such actions.

Download the SOCP Sexual Assault / Sexual Harassment Prevention Best Practice Guide.

This Best Practices Guide from SOCP addresses several issues involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, retaliation, bystander intervention, bullying, hazing, coercion, stalking and other prohibited behaviors in the U.S. Merchant Marines. You will learn to recognize these behaviors and become familiar with the appropriate practices for prevention and response to these prohibited behaviors. The tactics and practices in this guide are utilized by maritime companies of all sizes, and compiled specifically for members of our American Maritime Community.

  •  Find out how to handle abusive behaviors in our community.

Download SASH Prevention Computer Based Training.

This online learning and training program from the SOCP provides effective and proven tactics for addressing and ending sexual assault, sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other prohibited behaviors in the U.S. Maritime Industry. Designed for use by American Mariners and shore-based personnel, this training is a definitive resource on creating places of employment and communities that have zero tolerance for sexual assault, bullying and other abusive behaviors.

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