Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR)
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Sexual Assault includes: Rape, nonconsensual sodomy, indecent assault, or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual Assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.
24-hours/7 Days Contact
- Victim Advocate (301) 442-8225
- SARC (301) 442-2053
- SAFE Helpline 1-877-995-5247
DoD policy provides two options for reporting assault – restricted and unrestricted reporting.
This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals without triggering the official investigative process. Under Restricted Reporting victims may still receive medical care, counseling, and other SAPR support. Victims of sexual assault who desire Restricted Reporting under this policy must use one of the following reporting avenues:
- Health Care Provider (HCP) or personnel
- NOTE: Chaplain provide ABSOLUTE confidentiality (covered communication) but they do not physically take reports of sexual assault.
Who May Make a Restricted Report?
- Military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active-duty training or inactive-duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status.
- Military dependents 18 years of age and older who are eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system. >
- For sexual assault involving victims under 18 see Family Advocacy
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.:
- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
- Victim Advocate (VA)
- Health care personnel
- Chain of command
- Law enforcement
- Legal personnel