The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program serves as a resource for military members and their adult dependents who have been victims of sexual assault. The SAPR program is the single point of contact to facilitate support services through victim advocacy, resources, and referrals and it provides policy and program support to all commanders throughout 9th Marine Corps District (9MCD) while remaining committed to sexual assault prevention through training, education and community awareness.
The 9MCD SAPR program consists of a District Command SARC and at least one SAPR Victim Advocate at each of the geographically dispersed Recruiting Stations ensuring program support throughout the AOR.
Support a positive command climate in which victims and those who assists victims of sexual assault feel confident about reporting their experiences without retaliation.
Provide training commensurate with the knowledge and duties of target audiences that emphasizes how to prevent sexual assault through bystander intervention and addresses acts of retaliation within the Corps.
Confidential 24/7 access to credentialed advocates who provide crisis intervention and referrals to supportive resources, including medical care and dedicated legal representation.
Victim reporting options to file either a confidential Restricted Report or an Unrestricted Report which services as a bridge to command involvement and offender accountability.
Independent investigation of unrestricted and third-party reports of sexual assault incidents by the appropriate investigative agency (e.g., NCIS).
Fair and judicious disposition of investigated sexual assault incidents by senior and experienced officers (O6 and higher, specially trained as Sexual Assault Initial Disposition Authority) with the goal of holding offenders appropriately accountable.
Use of targeted research for program updates focused on stopping sexual assault before it occurs and opens the door to more reporting of sexual assault incidents by both male and female Marine victims.
Victims of sexual assault have two reporting options:
Restricted Reporting – Allows a victim of sexual assault to confidentially disclose their assault to those with confidentiality: SAPR Victim Advocates, SARCs, Health Care Providers/Counselors, Victims' Legal Counsel, or Chaplains. The restricted reporting option does not trigger command notification or a law enforcement investigation. Information about available resources will be offered such as medical treatment, counseling, chaplain services, and advocacy through the SAPR program.
Unrestricted Reporting – Allows a victim of sexual assault to receive supportive services (medical treatment, counseling, and advocacy services), an official law enforcement investigation, and Command involvement. When selecting unrestricted reporting, it is recommended that current reporting channels – SAPR VA, SARC, chain of command, health care professional, Victims' Legal Counsel, or law enforcement – are utilized to ensure that details are limited to those with have a legitimate need to know.
To gain a thorough understanding of your reporting options and the available resources, you are encouraged to speak to a SAPR VA, 9MCD SARC, or Victims Legal Counsel (VLC). Speaking with these individuals first is the best way to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Disclosure to others may limit your available options. Additional program information, policies, and procedures are available in MCO 1752.5C.
To make a report of sexual assault:
Western Recruiting Region 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line: (619) 846-6040
DoD Safe Helpline: (877) 995-5247