Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

 

Mission

The mission of the Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is to create an environment that is intolerant of sexual violence in all its forms. In order to do this, Marine Barracks Washington hopes to create a culture of prevention and support through risk reduction efforts, education and training, victim care, systemic advocacy, and offender accountability.

Any active duty service member or adult dependent can avail themselves of SAPR services and make a report of sexual assault for any completed or attempted sexual assault prior to or during their time in service. Services are available whether a Marine is on or off base, TAD, CONUS or OCONUS. If an individual does not fall into any of these eligible categories please reach out to the SARC or a SAPR VA to be directed to the most appropriate resources for your needs.


Marine Barracks Washington 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Helpline - (202) 705-6519

DoD 24/7 Safe Helpline - Talk: 877-955-5247 Text: 55-247 CONUS | 202-470-5547 OCONUS Web: www.safehelpline.org

Marine Barracks Washington SARC - Office: (202) 433-2783 Email: victoria.carnera@usmc.mil


 

 

Reporting Options

The two types of reporting options are Restricted or Unrestricted Reports.

A Restricted Report allows a Marine who is sexually assaulted to report the assault and receive support, advocacy, medical treatment, and counseling without a law enforcement investigation or support of the Chain of Command. A change from restricted to unrestricted can be made at any time.

In addition to SAPR support and advocacy, here at Marine Barracks Washington an individual making a Restricted Report has access to:

The DoD SafeHelpline

Medical treatment (for injuries sustained during an assault, STI screening, pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS prophylactics, and a sexual assault evidence collection kit (SAFE Kit)

Legal information through Victim’s Legal Council (VLC)

Mental health services (Henderson Hall)

Confidentially speaking with the Chaplain

Civilian sexual assault resources

The CATCH Program- A DoD system aimed at identifying serial offenders

An Unrestricted Report allows a Marine who is sexually assaulted to report the assault and receive the above services and support in addition to a law enforcement investigation and the support of the Chain of Command.

For more information on how to reach these resources, please reach out to your SARC, SAPR VAs, or click below for more information.

- Reporting Options Flow Chart          - NCR Local SAPR Resources

 

REtaliation & Reporting COncerns

If an individual is experiencing retaliation because they are considering or have already come to SAPR and/or filed a report, that individual can report retaliation. Those who are eligible can include:

Adult Sexual Assault Victims who have made an unrestricted report

Adult Sexual Assault Victim’s adult family member

Witness to a Sexual Assault

Bystander (who intervened)

SARC or SAPR VA (on the specific case)

Other responders (on the specific case)

Other party to the incident (friend, co-worker, etc.)

Click the links below for information regarding reporting retaliation and reporting outside the chain of command.

- Reporting Retaliation           - Reporting Outside the Chain of Command

For more information about reporting retaliation reach out to your SARC or a SAPR VA.

Common Definitions

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program – A DoD program for the Military Departments and the DoD Components that establishes SAPR policies to be implemented worldwide. The program objective is an environment and military community intolerant of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) – The SARC shall serve as the central point of contact for coordinating appropriate and responsive care for victims of sexual assault. SARCs shall coordinate sexual assault victim care and response when there is a report made. The SARC supervises SAPR VAs as they execute their duties. The SARC is a confidential resource.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) – An individual who, provides non-clinical crisis intervention, referral, and ongoing non-clinical support to adult victims of sexual assault. Support will include providing information on available options and resources to victims and facilitates communication with other organizations and agencies on victim care matters. SAPR VAs are confidential resources and only report SAPR matters directly to the SARC.

Confidentiality – Confidentiality means that what is said to the SARC or SAPR VA stays between the victim and the SAPR program. The limits to confidentiality are if you are going to hurt yourself, hurt someone else, or a minor is in danger. In those instances, only that information is shared with a higher level of care.

Sexual assault -. Intentional sexual contact characterized by force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the individual does not or cannot consent to the conduct taking place or about to take place. It is a crime punishable by the UCMJ.

Consent - A freely given agreement to the conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent in words or behavior means that there is no consent. Consent must be given by all parties before any sexual contact. Anyone can withdraw their consent at any point, for any reason during the sexual contact. Consent is an active and ongoing dialogue. Lack of verbal or physical resistance does not constitute consent. Submission to sexual advances resulting from use of force, threat of force, coercion, or placing another person in fear is not consent.

Sexual Harassment -  A form of sexual discrimination that infringes on a person’s right to work in a professional environment free from unwanted sexual attention or sexual pressure. It is the knowing, reckless, or intentional conduct that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and deliberate or repeated offensive comments or gestures of a sexual nature electronically, through social media, through other forms of communication, and in person. Complaints should be filed with the Equal Opportunity Representative within 90 days of the offending Incident. Please reach out to the Battalion EO Representative for more information or to file a sexual harassment complaint.