If you are a victim of sexual assault, you may consider reporting the crime if that's something you are comfortable doing. Even if reporting is not for you, just talking to another person may be helpful. In any event, the last thing you need to worry about is who you can trust.
5 Confidential Resources
The Marine Corps is committed to providing eligible* victims of sexual assault with full and complete care, treatment, and counseling. Your SARC, UVA, and SAPR VA will ensure that you receive all the supportive services at your disposal, even from civilian providers.
To get the process started, here are five confidential resources:
Preparing for the Road Ahead
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) serves as a single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault care for victims. Here are some things the SARC can do:
Assigning a UVA or SAPR VA to the Victim's Case
Your primary point of contact will be your Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) if you are a military Service member or your SAPR VA if you are an eligible* civilian or uniformed. These advocates act as a connector for victims and helping agencies. The UVA and SAPR VA are in place to:
Who You Talk to is Your Choice
The SARC, UVA, and SAPR VA are just a few of the people you can turn to in the event of a sexual assault. You may be more comfortable talking to your chaplain, healthcare provider, or Victims' Legal Counsel. Deciding whom to contact when reporting the crime is the victim's personal choice.
To learn more about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, click here or call the DOD Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247.
*Refer to MCO 1752.5B dated 01 March 2013 for eligibility requirements to access SAPR services.** Some state and local laws require healthcare personnel to disclose sexual assault incidents to law enforcement, including CA.