Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Fleet and Family Support Center
168 Bennion Road
NSA Annapolis, MD 21402
410-293-2641

DOD Sexual Assault Safe Helpline
24 hours:  877-995-5247

Victim Advocate:
24 hours:  301-646-8467

SARC:
24 hours:  443-871-3679

The Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) — formerly the Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) Program — provides a comprehensive, standardized, victim-sensitive system to prevent and respond to sexual assaults Navy-wide. This is done through sexual assault awareness and prevention education, victim advocacy and data collection.

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SAPR Phone numbers at NSA Annapolis and NHC Annapolis:

24-Hour DoD Sexual Assault Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247
Victim Advocate:   301-646-8467 (24 Hours)
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)  
Cell: 443-871-3679 (24 Hours)
Annapolis FFSC Office: 410-293-2641
Ft Meade FFSC Office: 301-677-9040


Frequently Asked Questions

What is 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 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.

What is the SAPR Program?
Established in 1994, the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR-formerly SAVI, Sexual Assault Victim Intervention) offers a standardized, consistent, victim-sensitive system to prevent and respond to sexual assault Navy-wide.

The SAPR Program is made up of three components:
• Awareness and Prevention Education
• Victim Advocacy and Intervention
• Data Collection

Trained Victim Advocates are on-call 24/7 to provide the following services:
• Crisis Intervention
• Victim Advocacy
• Emotional Support
• Information about Victim’s Rights and Resources
• Referrals for Counseling and other services
• Support through the Medical and Legal Process
• Confidential Communication

For more information about the SAPR Program, or if you are interested in training to become a SAPR Victim Advocate, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) located at your local Fleet and Family Support Center.

What should I do if I have been Sexually Assaulted?
1.  First, Get to a safe place. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 or base police to be transported to the hospital. (NOTE: Once law enforcement or base police are notified that an assault has occurred, you will no longer have the option of making a Restricted Report-see below for more information on Reporting Options).

2.  Call the DoD Sexual Assault Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247

3.  Even if you do not need immediate medical assistance, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that you are not hurt. Also, important physical evidence can be collected as part of a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, if you choose to do so.

4.  To preserve as much evidence as possible, do not shower, wash, or brush your teeth. Bring the clothes you were wearing and any bedding with you in a paper bag to be collected as evidence as well.

A SAPR Victim Advocate is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and explain the options and resources that are available to you. It is important for you to know that you are not alone, and that you have rights. Remember, sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.

What are my Reporting Options?
In June of 2005, the Department of Defense instated two reporting options for active duty military victims of sexual assault.

Restricted Reporting
Under restricted reporting, no investigation or official report of a sexual assault will take place. Your command, law enforcement personnel, and other military authorities will not be notified that a sexual assault has occurred. The full range of protections afforded to victims may not be available, such as being separated from the offender or a having a military protective order prohibiting the offender from having any contact with you. However, you will still be able to access medical care as well as counseling and victim advocacy services under the Restricted Reporting Option. It is important to note that this option is only available to Active Duty Sailors.

Medical treatment is provided and forensic evidence can be collected (with your consent) without having to officially report the sexual assault. Any forensic evidence collected will be stored anonymously at a storage facility for up to a year. At any point during that time you can decide to notify law enforcement of the assault and the report will become Unrestricted. If a report has not been made Unrestricted within 1 year of evidence collection, the evidence will be destroyed and no longer available for future prosecution efforts.

To maintain the Restricted Reporting option, only Victim Advocates (VAs), healthcare providers, chaplains, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) can know about the assault. Since all other military members are required to report any sexual assaults to law enforcement or their command, if you tell anyone other than these individuals, your case may be turned over to law enforcement for an investigation.

To ensure a safe Command Climate, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) must report information concerning a sexual assault to command within 24 hours of the incident. However, identifying information such as your and the offender’s identify will remain private.

Unrestricted Reporting
Unrestricted reporting is a process where you disclose that you have been sexually assaulted. Your command will be notified and an official criminal investigation will be initiated. Making an Unrestricted report will allow your commander to put into place the full range of protections and rights available to you as a victim. In addition you will have access to all the services and assistance available in restricted reporting like medical care, counseling and victim advocacy. While your report is not confidential, your privacy is foremost in unrestricted reporting, and knowledge of the sexual assault will be kept on a need-to-know basis.

What are my Rights as a Victim?
As a Federal crime victim, you have the following rights:
• The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy;
• The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender;
• The right to be notified of court proceedings;
• The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial;
• The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
• The right to available restitution;
• The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
DD Form 2701

How Can I become a SAPR Victim Advocate?
If you are interested in being a SAPR Victim Advocate, you must attend a week-long training class presented by the SARC. Training is offered every few months in different locations, so contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator by calling 443-871-3679, or the Fleet and Family Support Center at 410-293-2641 to find out about the next available training.

Are there other ways to get involved in the SAPR Program other than being and Advocate?

Absolutely! A great way to get involved in the SAPR program is to participate in activities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. Contact the SARC and read the POW for a listing of upcoming events and activities.

How often is SAPR Training required?
SAPR Program training is an annual training requirement for all active duty military personnel. The SAPR GMT requirement can no longer be completed on-line and must be presented in-person by the SARC (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator). The SAPR GMT includes information on the definition of sexual assault and consent, the different reporting options (Restricted and Unrestricted) as well as information on sexual assault prevention and local resources.

How can I schedule SAPR Training for my Department?
If you would like to schedule SAPR Training, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator by calling 443-871-3679, or the Fleet and Family Support Center.


ResourcesNSA/NHC Annapolis 24 Hour SAPR Advocate Cell Phone      301-646-8467
NSA/NHC Annapolis SARC                                               443-871-3679 (24 Hours)
NSA/NHC Annapolis FFSC                                                410-293-2641
Anne Arundel County SA Hotline                                    410-222-7273

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