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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

MCAS YUMA LOGO                  Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) 

The SAPR program provides training and education to service members, adult dependents, and eligible civilians in an effort to foster an environment where sexual assault is not tolerated, provides guidance on how to respond and report, and works with key stakeholders to hold offenders accountable.  Service members are empowered to eradicate sexual assault by providing practical tools to intervene before sexual assaults occur.  Preventing sexual assault is everyone's responsibility!

For assistance, contact the MCAS Yuma 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line at (928) 941-3601.

For additional assistance, contact the DoD Safe Helpline phone number at (877) 995-5247.

What is sexual assault?

MCO 1752.5C defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent.  As used in this Order, the term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these offenses.
 
What is consent?

Consent is a freely given agreement to the conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression or lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance does not constitute consent. Submission resulting from the use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear also does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating or social or sexual relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. A sleeping, unconscious, or incompetent person cannot consent. A person cannot consent to force causing or likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm or to being rendered unconscious. A person cannot consent while under threat or in fear. A person cannot consent if the subject makes a fraudulent representation that the sexual act serves a professional purpose or induces a belief that the subject is another person. All the surrounding circumstances are considered when determining whether a person gave consent. A person's previous sexual acts, experiences, and /or history does not constitute consent.
 
Who does the SAPR program cover?

The SAPR program applies to adult survivors of sexual assault in a non-domestic situation (e.g.: a Marine sexually assaulted by Service member, friend, civilian, or stranger). Marines assaulted by someone they have a domestic relationship with (e.g. spouse, father/mother of their child, live in boyfriend/girlfriend) are not covered under the SAPR program. The domestic violence sexual assault victim is covered under Marine & Family Services domestic violence policy. If you've been sexually assaulted and have questions about whether or not you can receive services, call the Sexual Assault Support Line at (928) 941-3601.
 
I was sexually assaulted, but I'm concerned about getting in trouble for something illegal I was doing before the assault.

If engaged in prohibited conduct (e.g., underage drinking or other related alcohol offenses, adultery, fraternization, or other violations of certain regulations or orders), also known as Collateral Misconduct, prior to the sexual assault the command will decide whether to bring disciplinary actions on the collateral misconduct. Commanders are encouraged to wait until the sexual assault investigation is complete before holding a victim accountable for their misconduct, however, a commander has complete discretion in addressing violations of established rules and orders within the unit.  A service member who is a survivor of sexual assault and may have been involved in collateral misconduct may seek assistance through the Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC).

Reporting Options:


•Restricted Reporting

This option offers a confidential avenue for reporting sexual assaults that enables the provision of victim services without command and/or law enforcement notification.  Service members or their adult dependents who desire Restricted Reporting under this policy must use one of the following reporting avenues:

  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
  • SAPR Victim Advocate (VA)

While VLC, healthcare provider/medical personnel, and chaplains have confidentiality/privilege, they CANNOT complete a Restricted Report.

Benefits

  • Provides personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.
  • A Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) may be performed to preserve the evidence for 20 years.
  • Empowers to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation. Allows time to get legal advice from a Victims' Legal Counsel.
  • Survivors control the release and management of your personal information.
  • Survivors decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.
  • Participating in the CATCH Program allows you to be contacted privately if there is evidence of a repeat offender to decide whether to convert your Restricted Report to an Unrestricted Report.

Limitations

  • The assailant cannot be held accountable and may continue carrying out inappropriate behavior.
  • A military protective order will not be an option, but a safety plan with the assistance of the VA may be considered to address safety concerns utilizing local resources for individual well-being.
  • An Expedited Transfer to move to a different unit or base is not allowed under this option.
  • Contact with the assailant is likely to continue if he or she is in the same organization or billeted in close proximity.
  • Evidence from the crime scene where the assault occurred may be lost, and the official investigation, should you switch to an Unrestricted Report, will likely encounter significant obstacles.
  • Communication with another person who does not have confidentiality such as the SARC, VA, chaplain, healthcare personnel, and the VLC may potentially eliminate the Restricted Reporting option.

CATCH program

The CATCH Program gives service members and their adult dependents making a Restricted Report an opportunity to anonymously disclose suspect information to help the Department of Defense identify serial offenders. CATCH allows a victim of sexual assault to discover if the suspect in their Restricted Report may have also assaulted another person (a "match" in the CATCH website), and having that knowledge, decide whether to convert their Restricted Report to Unrestricted to initiate an investigation of the serial offender suspect. For more information, contact your local SARC or VA.

Benefits of CATCH

  • Participants decide how much they want to contribute, and can cease involvement at any time.
  • Information provided is controlled by the participant.
  • Knowledge that is revealed and reported is dependent on the survivor.
  • Victims have the right to report information without disclosing their identity.  No personally identifying details are recorded in the CATCH system.
  • If a match is found, the survivor gets to decide how they want to participate in the justice process, if at all.

•Unrestricted Reporting

This option is recommended for survivors of sexual assault who desire an official investigation and command notification in addition to healthcare, victim advocacy and legal services. When selecting Unrestricted Reporting, you may use the following reporting channels:

  • SARC or VA
  • Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS) or  Law Enforcement
  • Chain of Command or Commander
  • Health care personnel

Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign a SAPR VA and inform the victim of their right to speak to the VLC. At the survivor’s discretion or request, the healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE).  Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.

Benefits

  • Command support to ensure well-being by monitoring and/or by separating the subject from working or living in the same area.
  • Survivors feel a sense of closure or healing which can aid recovery.
  • Ability for military to hold the offender appropriately accountable.
  • Ensure the safety of others who may be harassed by the same suspect.
  • Ability to request a Military Protective Order.
  • Ability to request an Expedited Transfer to move to a different unit or base.

Independent Investigations:

  • Independent investigations are initiated by third party reporting of a sexual assault from a source other than the victim who has elected to make a Restricted Report or where no reporting election has been made.  NCIS will commence an official investigation based on the independently acquired information.  However, survivors control the amount of information that is provided or can elect not to participate in the investigation at all.

Local Sexual Assault Resources:

Installation SAPR MCAS Yuma
Bldg. 598 (South of the commissary)
Office:  (928) 269-2994/2990
Installation 24/7 Support Line: (928) 941-3601
3dMAW Command SARC MCAS Yuma
Bldg. 505 (MAG-13)
Office: (928) 269-5286
Cell: (858) 337-3824
DoD Safe Helpline (24/7 – Worldwide)
(877) 995-5247
NCIS
Bldg. 1210
(928) 269-2305          
Amberly's Place
24/7 Family Advocacy Center
1310 S. 3rd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 373-0849 
www.amberlysplace.com       
VLC, MCAS Yuma
Office: (928) 269-3411
Cell: (760) 214-7261
 
RAINN
(Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network)
 

 

                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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