Sexual Assault is a crime and is not tolerated in the Navy.
Sexual assault is the most under-reported crime in our society and in the military. The Navy and the Department of Defense are committed to ensuring that survivors of sexual violence are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided support, advocacy, and care. The Navy is intent on establishing “zero tolerance” for sexual assault and rape, and the Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response (SAPR) is the vehicle to assist in this effort.
The DoD definition of sexual assault:
“Sexual assault” is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent.” Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex) and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or any attempts to commit these acts.
The SAPR program applies:
To all active duty and:
Military dependents 18 years of age and older who are eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system, at installations in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner.
NLON-military personnel are only eligible for LIMITED medical services in the form of emergency care in a military medical treatment facility. They will be offered the LIMITED SAPR services including the services of a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and a SAPR Victim Advocate (VA) while undergoing emergency care OCONUS.
In addition to the following personnel are eligible for LIMITED SAPR services:
DoD civilian employees and their family dependents 18 years of age and older when they are stationed or performing duties OCONUS and eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system at military installations or facilities OCONUS. U.S. citizen DoD contractor personnel when they are authorized to accompany the Armed Forces in a contingency operation OCONUS and their U.S. Citizen employees. Service members who are active duty but were victims of sexual assault prior to enlistment or commissioning. They are eligible to receive full SAPR services and either reporting option.*
*DoDD 6495.01, January 23, 2012
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, you can contact the SUBASE NLON SAPR VA @ (860) 625-9387 or the installation SARC @ (860) 694-2791. All calls are confidential.
The components of the SAPR program consist of the following:
o Awareness and prevention education
o Victim advocacy and intervention services and the promotion of a sensitive, coordinated and effective management of sexual assault cases
o Standardized collection of reliable data on sexual assaults
Victim Reporting Options
Unrestricted report: Unrestricted reporting can be made to SARCs, Victim Advocates, healthcare providers, law enforcement, or any other person.
Restricted report: Restricted reporting can only be guaranteed if the sexual assault victim talks to a SARC or Victim Advocate before speaking with anyone else, including a friend or family member.
What services are available for a victim of sexual assault?
The Navy’s priority is to protect victims and ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity. It is the priority of the Navy and the SAPR Program to ensure that victims of sexual assault receive medical care, forensic evidence collection, advocacy, treatment and counseling, if desired. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program offers certified victim advocates, resource information and referrals for counseling. Any victim of sexual assault under DoDD 6495.01 can avail themselves of these services while having the choice (with few exceptions) of whether they want law enforcement and/or their command to be notified of the sexual assault. SARCS and SAPR Victim Advocates are covered under privileged communications when serving in the capacity of a SARC or a SAPR Victim Advocate.
If You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Assaulted:
-- Go to a safe place
-- Do not eat, drink, bathe, change clothes or clean up as this may destroy any possible evidence
-- Contact the Command SAPR Victim Advocate
-- Contact the On-Call Installation SAPR Victim Advocate
-- Contact the Installation SARC
A trained SAPR Victim Advocate can assist and support a victim through the medical, investigative and legal processes. ASK for one to be present at any time.
Key SAPR Roles
SARC (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator) who is designated to coordinate and manage the care of victims of sexual assault. The SARC is the "center of gravity" for the SAPR program. A SARC is required for each DON installation.*
SAPR Victim Advocates (VA) for commands afloat and ashore who provide information, emotional support and guidance to victims throughout the various medical, mental health, legal and investigative process. This position requires 30 hours of initial training and a minimum of 10 hours refresher training thereafter. All Victim Advocates must be certified through training in order to provide services to victims of sexual assault.*
SAPR POC (Point of Contact) requires 4 hours of initial and annual training. The SAPR POC coordinates command awareness and prevention education, maintains current information on SAPR and local resources.
SAPR Command Liaison to act as the single point of contact between a victim and the command executive level following an allegation of sexual assault. The SAPR Command Liaison requires 8 hours of training.
SAPR Data Collections Coordinator (DCC) ensures that reporting requirements of sexual assault are met. Two (2) hours of training is required.
SAPR program services are delivered via the installations Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), who is responsible for implementation and administration of all aspects of the SAPR program. The SAPR program incorporates a coordinated systems approach inclusive of medical, legal, security, Chaplains, Fleet and Family Support, Victim Advocates, Command SAPR personnel, and civilian resources. SARC's train and oversee volunteer Victim Advocates, who are the first responders for victims of sexual assault. For more information on SAPR or other questions relating to sexual assault/rape, contact the Fleet and Family Support Center NAVSUBASENLON at (860) 694-3383.
Sexual Assault Victim Advocates are an integral part of the SAPR program and are specially trained active duty service members who can provide guidance and support to individuals who have directly experienced interpersonal violence of a sexual nature. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, victim advocates provide immediate crisis response, information on reporting options, resources, accompaniments to hospitals or medical/ legal appointments, and on-going, non-clinical support to victims. The SAPR Victim Advocates will help guide the victim through the various medical, legal, and investigative processes, minimizing systemic re-victimization. The initial training for SAPR Victim Advocates is 30 hours. Annual refresher training consists of an additional 15 hours per year.
Contact the SARC at the Fleet and Family Support Center @ (860) 694-2791 for more information regarding SAPR Victim Advocates, including how to become one.