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Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

Indian Head, MD

NSF INDIAN HEAD 24/7 LOCAL SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT LINE:

(202) 653-4686

CBIRF SARC/SAPR VA LINE:

(301) 848-6347 Hours: M-F 0730-1630

Military OneSource (800) 342-9647, stateside








 

Mission

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Marine Corps commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Marine Corps policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

Sexual Assault Prevention

Sexual Assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent.  Sexual assault includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses:  rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these acts.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that involves a list of characteristics, but not limited to knowing reckless or intentional conduct that is unwanted or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct.

Local assistance can be obtained by contacting the Command Equal Opportunity Advisor at (301) 744-1027.

If you have been sexually assaulted or concerned that you may have been:  

  • Go to a safe location away from the attacker.

Contact a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), or Military One Source for Restricted or Unrestricted reporting.

Sexual Assault is the most under reported crime in our society and in the military.  The Department of Defense believes its first priority is for victims to be protected, treated with dignity and respect, and to receive the medical treatment, care and counseling that they deserve.  Under DoD’s Confidentiality Policy, military victims of sexual assault have two reporting options Restricted and Unrestricted Military retirees, dependents, and other civilian victims currently may only use Unrestricted reporting.

 

Reference: Take a Stand Instructor Guide

The Department of Defense and U.S. Marine Corps is committed to providing you full and complete care, treatment and counseling.  Every effort will be made to ensure you will receive all necessary services, even if it must obtain them from civilian providers.

The position of Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) has been established to coordinate sexual assault victim care.  Upon receipt of a report of sexual assault, the SARC will assign a SAPR /VA to help you obtain necessary services and to provide crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support.  Support will include providing information on available options and resources so you can make informed decisions about your case.

The SAPR /VA will accompany you, if desired, to investigative interviews, medical examinations and follow-up appointments. Also, continues to assist you until you no longer feel a need for support.

Restricted reporting allows a sexual assault victim to confidentially disclose the details of his or her assault to specified individuals and receive medical treatment and counseling, without triggering the official investigative process.  Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy may only report the assault to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Sexual Assault Prevention Response Victim Advocate (SAPR) (VA), or a Healthcare Provider (HCP), Chaplains, Victim Legal Counsel (VLC) aren’t mandatary reporters

This option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, counseling and an official investigation of the crime.  When selecting unrestricted reporting, you should use current reporting channels, e.g. chain of command, law enforcement or report the incident to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or request healthcare providers to notify law enforcement.  Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign SAPR VA.  At the victim’s discretion/request, the healthcare provider shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence.  Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.

DoD’s Confidentiality policy permits victims of sexual assault to report the crime to specified individuals who can then ensure the victim receives medical care, treatment and counseling without notifying command or law enforcement officials.  Covered individuals include the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC); Uniformed Victim Advocates (UVA) and Victim Advocates (VA); Healthcare Providers; and Chaplains.  For purposes of public safety and command responsibility, the SARC will notify the installation commander that an assault has occurred and provide details that will not identify the victim. See the Department of Defense Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program for complete details.

This policy provides victims some personal space and time, and increased control over the release and management of their personal information.  This hopefully empowers them to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation.   Jurisdictions with similar policies have found that confidentiality actually leads to increased reporting rates.  Even if the victim chooses not to pursue an official investigation, this additional reporting avenue gives commanders a clearer picture of the sexual violence within their command, and enhances a commander’s ability to provide an environment which is safe and contributes to the well-being and mission-readiness of all of its members.

The nature of the investigative process can be stressful for victims of sexual assault despite the sincere efforts of law enforcement, staff judge advocate and other personnel entrusted with bringing offenders to justice. Investigators must carefully collect evidence, and the process from investigation to courts martial or some other form of punishment may take many months.   This process requires a very detailed interview.   You will be kept well-informed of any investigative actions taken in response to your reported sexual assault. Your commander, will ensure, at a minimum, you receive a monthly update regarding the current status of any on-going investigative, medical, legal or command proceedings regarding the sexual assault.