If you were sexually assaulted, you may consider reporting what happened if you are comfortable. Even if reporting is not for you, just talking to another person may be helpful. In any event, the last thing you need to worry about is who can keep the information confidential.
5 Confidential Resources
The Marine Corps is committed to providing full and complete care, treatment, and counseling to anyone who is sexually assaulted. Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate (VA) will ensure that you receive all the supportive services at your disposal, including civilian providers.
Who You Talk to is Your Choice
The SARC and SAPR VA are just a few of the people you can turn to in the event of a sexual assault. You may be more comfortable talking to your chaplain, healthcare provider, or Victims' Legal Counsel. Deciding whom to contact is your personal choice.
To get the process started, here are five confidential resources:
Preparing for the Road Ahead
The SARC serves as a single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault care. Here are some things the SARC can do:
Assign a SAPR VA to the case who will, at your request:
Refer to MCO 1752.5C for eligibility requirements to access SAPR services.
** Some state and local laws require healthcare personnel to disclose sexual assault incidents to law enforcement. NDAA FY 16 Section 536 preempts mandatory reporting laws if the victim reports to an MTF first, thereby preserving the Restricted Reporting option. Your SAPR VA can help you navigate your state and local laws.