Sexual Assault Victim Assistance

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, please contact the Rape Hotline for Duval County 24/7 at  (904) 721-7273 for assistance. For the NAS Jax Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, call (904) 910-9075.

The Navy's Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Program (SAVI) is now called Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR). The name change aligns with the mission of the program, underlining the importance of providing standardized and consistent sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts as well as response to victims Navywide.

Reporting a Sexual Assault

To report a sexual assault to SAPR, notify the installation sexual assault response coordinator (SARC) or the on-call SAPR victim advocate (VA). The SARC coordinates sexual assault response efforts for the installation. The SARC activates the SAPR VA on-call list to provide immediate support to victims of sexual assault. The SAPR VA is a trained volunteer who provides immediate support to victims of sexual assault by explaining reporting options and assisting victims getting them the help they need.

Restricted Report

  • The report must be made only to the SARC, SAPR VA, health care provider (including Fleet and Family Support Center counselors) or chaplain.
  • Gives a victim time and the opportunity to get information and professional advice to include information on victim rights and available services so they can make informed decisions. Victims may initially choose the restricted reporting option and later decide that they want the chain of command and law enforcement notified so that the offender is held accountable.
  • SAPR VA, medical services and counseling will be offered.

Unrestricted Report

  • The assault can be reported to those listed above in addition to the chain of command or NCIS/law enforcement. An investigation will begin and protective services will be offered.
  • SAPR VA, medical services and counseling will be offered.

Remember: Regardless of how you choose to report the sexual assault, you will be offered a full range of advocacy, medical services and counseling. Victims of sexual assault might feel comfortable talking with their healthcare provider, but fear that the command and/or law enforcement would be notified. Some victims avoid seeking medical treatment following sexual assault because they fear the information will be disclosed to others. Under the restricted reporting option, military victims may speak to a healthcare professional (at a military facility), but it is important that the victim is direct and asks up front about restricted reporting.

Department of Defense definition of Sexual Assault:

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 attempts to commit these acts. "Consent" means words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person.

An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides training and education to reduce the risk of sexual assault. Through the use of military and community advocates, the SAPR Program at NAS Jacksonville also provides confidential information, assistance and advocacy to sexual assault victims on a 24-hour basis.
You may also contact the sexual assault response coordinator (SARC) at (904) 542-5024, during office hours (7 a.m.--3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri). For urgent SAPR services, call the SARC duty number at (904) 548-7789. After working hours, the above Rape Hotline at (904) 721-7273 will connect you to the sexual assault advocacy in Duval County. These advocates will assist you and provide you a choice of a community advocate or an advocate from your command.

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