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III Marine Expeditionary Force

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III MEF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)

Mission

The United States Marine Corps mission is to is to prevent the occurrence of sexual assault by strengthening a culture of prevention through risk reduction, education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures and offender accountability, as appropriate, that enhances the safety and well-being of all.  Every victim of sexual assault will be "treated with dignity, sensitivity, and without prejudice". 

Definitions

Sexual assault is a crime that is not unique to any gender, race or age.  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 word 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 not consent.  Lack of verbal or physician 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.

Eligible for SAPR Program Services

The SAPR program applies to all active duty service member, reserve component, service members who were victims of sexual assault prior to enlistment or commissioning or while not performing active service are eligible to receive full SAPR services,  military dependents 18 years of age and older who are eligible for treatment in military healthcare systems, at installations  in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside of the continental United States (OCONUS) and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by some one other than spouse or intimate partner.

 Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees and their family dependents 18 years of age and older when they are stationed or performing duties OCONUS and eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system at military installation or facilities OCONUS

NON-SAPR eligible victims can be offered LIMITED SAPR services from a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and SAPR Victim Advocate (VA) to provide an immediate crisis response and facilitate a warm handoff.

NOT-Eligible for SAPR Services

Sexual Assault committed by a spouse or intimate partner would seek services from the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) provides the full range of service to victims of domestic violence who are sexual assault by some with whom they an intimate partner relationship (i.e. spouse, father/mother of their child, live in boyfriend/girlfriend).

Reporting Options

Sexual Assault is the most under reported crime in our society and in the military.  While the DoD prefers complete reporting of sexual assaults to activate both victim services and law enforcement action, it recognizes that some victims desire only medical and support services and no command or law enforcement involvement.  The DoD believes its first priority is for victims to be protected, treated with dignity and respect 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 Reporting and Unrestricted Reporting  (to learn more about the reporting options click about on the menu bar).

military retirees, dependents, and other civilian victims only options Unrestricted Reporting.

 

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