People who are sexually assaulted are never alone – no matter when or where assistance is needed. Marines and their families have immediate access to resources and referrals by calling their installation’s 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocates (VAs) and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) who staff these support lines are dedicated to getting it right. A single phone call may be the only chance SAPR VAs or SARCs get to make a difference in someone’s life, so they are trained to give their best effort every time.
10 Things to Know about 24/7 Sexual Assault Support
24/7 Sexual Assault Support Lines have connected hundreds of people with a trusted, confidential source of support since 2010. Whether looking for specific information or just someone to talk to about a sexual assault, round-the-clock help is just a phone call away.
Visit your installation SAPR page to access information on the 24/7 helpline and other pertinent resources. If you are deployed or stationed at a non-USMC installation, contact your SAPR VA for assistance or call the DOD Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247.
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