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:

  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
  • SAPR Victim Advocate
  • Victims' Legal Counsel
  • Healthcare Personnel**
  • Chaplain

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:

  • Explain in detail your options for reporting the assault
  • Track the services provided to you from initial report through final stages of care
  • Advocate that your views are always considered when decisions are made

Assign a SAPR VA to the case who will, at your request:

  • Respond 24/7
  • Provide ongoing, nonclinical support
  • Provide information on options and resources and help you to access them
  • Accompany you to investigative interviews, medical exams, and follow-up appointments
  • Provide monthly case status updates

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.