Marines respect themselves and care for their children. Child abuse is incompatible with readiness, the maintenance of high standards of performance, and military discipline. The Marine Corps has zero tolerance for Marines involved in child maltreatment and will hold offenders accountable. Thus, the USMC policy is to prevent and eliminate child maltreatment from the Marine Corps. Abuse of a child impacts the entire family, is preventable, and is often treatable if addressed promptly and comprehensively. If left unreported or ignored, child victims can suffer for a lifetime and the prestige of the Marine Corps is tarnished. When responding to child maltreatment incidents, USMC operates as a coordinated community response that recognizes the importance of bringing together all the critical responders to provide safety for victims, hold abusers accountable for their behavior, and coordinate activities with civilian agencies and organizations whenever appropriate and possible.
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