The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program’s primary goals are to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from our ranks through a balance of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect, and trust, while preserving mission readiness. Services are confidential and available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is designed to meet the needs of victims. Services are primarily available to service members and eligible dependents over the age of 18. Additionally, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and DoD contractors who work OCONUS or in contingency areas of operation are eligible to receive limited SAPR services. Lastly, foreign national civilian employees can also receive limited SAPR services from a SARC and SAPR VA involving immediate crisis intervention and referral to confidential resources.
SEXUAL ASSAULT DEFINED
Intentional sexual contact is characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent (DoDI 6495.02, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures, May 24, 2017).
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M THE VICTIM OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT?
If you or someone you know is the victim of a sexual assault, it’s important for you to know the reporting options and where to turn for help. By contacting the SAPR 24/7 Victim Advocate duty, you can speak confidentially with a victim advocate and learn about reporting options and available resources.
WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
You are more than welcome to contact SAPR Victim Advocates or the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for assistance.
SEXUAL ASSAULT COORDINATORS
Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) ensure installations have effective victim response that is available to victims 24/7.
SAPR VICTIM ADVOCATES
SAPR VAs are certified and trained military unit volunteers who are committed to providing victim advocacy services that support and foster independent decision-making while enabling victims to find their own path to healing:
- Respond immediately to victims of sexual assault
- Provide information and explain reporting options
- Help victims navigate the reporting and support process
- Accompany victims during medical, investigative and legal procedures
- Make referrals for military and community assistance
WHO IS CAN ACCESS SAPR SERVICES?
- All Active Duty Military or Coast Guard
- National Guard
- Military dependents 18 years of age and older (if the sexual assault is perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner)
- Service members who are on active duty but were victims PRIOR to enlistment or commissioning
- DoD Civilian/Contractor personnel when they are stationed or performing duties OCONUS and eligible for treatment in the MHS.
Note: If you do not fall into any of the above categories but would like to receive assistance please contact your SAPR program or the Safe Helpline who can refer you to local civilian resources that offer confidential services.
STEPS AFTER ASSAULT - Civilians
STEPS AFTER ASSAULT - Service Members
It is important to understand and preserve your reporting options. By contacting our 24/7 Helpline you can speak confidentially with a SAPR team member to learn more about options and available resources.
24/7 NSAA Sexual Assault Helpline: (301) 646-8467
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: (443) 871-3679
DoD Safe Helpline
Nearest Installation SARC: (410) 227-6235 (Ft. Meade)