1Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program An Overview of the Marine Corps SAPR Program
2ObjectivesUnderstand sexual assault and its impact on victims and the Marine CorpsProvide information on the USMC Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) ProgramDiscuss Bystander Intervention techniques as a form of prevention
4Sexual Assault Defined Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use offorcethreatsintimidationabuse of authorityor when the victim does not or cannot consentDoDD
5Types of Sexual Assault RapeSexual intercourse without a person’s consentForcible sodomyOral or anal sex without a person’s consentUnwanted Sexual ContactGroping, grabbing, fondling, or touching of a sexual nature without consentAttempts to commit any of the above acts
6Sexual Harassment vs. Sexual Assault Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors, when it interferes with the work environment.Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.Sexual Harassment is typicallySexual Assault is always“Hands Off”“Hands On”
8Consent DefinedConsent is words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person.Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent.DoDD
9Consent Defined (continued) There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity.A current or previous dating relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual contact at issue shall not constitute consent.
10Helpful Tips About Consent Consent must be given by both parties before any sexual contactAt any point during the sexual contact, either person can withdraw their consent for any reasonIf there is any doubt about someone’s ability to consent to sexual contact- think smart and back offTraining ScriptConsent must be given by both parties before any sexual contact can take place.At any point either person can withdraw their consent for any reason.If there is ever any doubt about someone’s ability to consent to sexual contact- be smart and back off- especially when there’s alcohol involved.Trainer’s Note: A lot of people might want to know “how many is too many?” when it comes to drinking. There is no black and white answer to this question. Only “substantial incapacitation” will negate consent. What constitutes “substantial incapacitation” depends on many factors, such as a person’s weight, health, tolerance for alcohol and so on. In order to ensure consent exists, remind participants that it is advisable to wait to engage in sexual relations until both individuals are sober.Remember: without a yes or that positive physical indication, consider it a NO. Both parties must agree to the sexual contact. If necessary, take a moment to check in with your partner, to ensure that you are both on the same page concerning sexual contact. Ultimately it’s about having respect for your partner.Now that we have an understanding of sexual assault and consent, let’s discuss the impact sexual assault can have on a person.<NEXT SLIDE>
11What kind of impact does sexual assault have on victims?
12Impact of Sexual Assault on the Victim Physical EffectsPhysical traumaSkeletal muscle tensionEating pattern disturbanceSTIs and/or pregnancyEmotional EffectsIndividual reactions vary widelyFlashbacksAnxietyPowerlessnessDisorganizationSelf-blameDepressionWithdrawal
13Impact of Sexual Assault on the Unit Readiness suffersUnit cohesion & teamwork erodesGood order and discipline are disrupted
14What are the legal sanctions for offenders of sexual assault?
15Legal Sanctions for Offenders Sexual Assault is punishable under the UCMJMaximum punishments include:confinement for life without eligibility for paroletotal loss of all pay and allowancesdishonorable discharge / dismissal from servicereduction to paygrade E-1
16What is the Marine Corps policy regarding sexual assault?
17USMC Policy on Sexual Assault Zero tolerance for sexual assaultSexual assault is a criminal actVictims have access to appropriate assistance & will be treated with decency, fairness, and respectCommanding officers of offenders will take appropriate disciplinary and/or administrative actionMCO A
18The USMC SAPR ProgramThe Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is dedicated to eliminating sexual assault within the Marine Corps and providing continuity of care for victims of sexual assault through effective education, policy, and program support.The SAPR Program is operational in both the garrison and deployed environments
19Services Provided by the SAPR Program 24/7 sexual assault crisis intervention for all service members and adult dependentsAdvocacy and accompaniment during medical, law enforcement, and judicial proceduresSystemic advocacy to ensure all victims receive a consistent response to their reportSupport and services at next duty station (if the victim requests) through the SAPR network
20Victim Reporting Options Unrestricted ReportingInitiates an official law enforcement investigation& the support of the chain of commandRestricted ReportingAllows the victim to report confidentially& receive help without an investigation or command involvement
21Victim Reporting Options ALL Victims have access to:Medical treatmentSexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE)Advocacy and counseling services
22Unrestricted Reporting An official law enforcement investigation is conducted in order to hold the offender accountableCommand is notified and therefore able to provide the maximum care and support to the victim
23Unrestricted Reporting For an Unrestricted Report, the victim can contact:Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA)Civilian Victim AdvocateSexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)CommandLaw Enforcement
24Restricted ReportingSupports victims who need more time or simply don’t feel comfortable coming forwardA law enforcement investigation is not initiatedVictim’s Commanding Officer is notified within 24 hours that an incident has occurred, however, no identifying information will be provided
25Restricted Reporting Victim can only report to: Uniformed/Civilian Victim AdvocateSARCHealthcare PersonnelIn California, medical providers are required to report sexual assaultOption can also be preserved if you speak to a:ChaplainMilitary Legal Assistance Attorney
26Restricted ReportingVictims can choose to make a Restricted Report Unrestricted at any time.However, once an Unrestricted Report has been made, the Restricted option is no longer available.
27Victim Actions Contact the UVA or call the 24/7 Hotline Go to a safe locationIf immediate medical attention is needed, report to the closest medical facilityContact the UVA or call the 24/7 HotlinePreserve evidence- refrain from “cleaning up”
28What can you do to help prevent someone from being sexually assaulted?
29Bystander Intervention As Marines, we have the responsibility to look out for one anotherBystander Intervention refers to finding a way to safely intervene in potentially dangerous situationsIt’s not always clear what is going on in every situation, but trust your gutMaking the choice to intervene is always the right thing to do
30How to Intervene Be smart- think safety first Remember the Bystander Intervention Techniques:Direct- to give commands or ordersDistract- to draw away or divert attentionDelegate- to appoint someone else
31Bystander Intervention If you see something, say somethingBe smart- think safety firstYour decision to do the right thing and intervene can stop someone from being sexually assaulted
32ConclusionSexual assault is a serious crime impacting the Marine CorpsEvery Marine has the responsibility and the ability to prevent sexual assault by taking a standThe SAPR Program has resources available 24/7 to assist victims
33If you need help or more information… GySgt Laura BigleySSgt Brian TidwellCamp Lejuene HotLine
341-877-995-5247 www.safehelpline.org text your zip code or installation (inside the U.S.)(outside the U.S.)