Sexual assault can be a traumatic event. If you have been sexually assaulted, finding a confidential resource is important for your health. Even if you are uncomfortable with reporting the incident formally, talking to another person might help. There are many resources, but not all resources are confidential. The Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program has broken down the resources available so you can make the right choice for you and your situation.
Who You Talk To Is Your Choice
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 SAPR victim advocate (VA) will ensure that you receive all the supportive services at your disposal, including civilian providers.
Five Confidential Resources
Your SARC and SAPR VA are just two of the people you can turn to after 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 started, here are five confidential resources:
Each of these confidential resources can talk with you about your experience, your choices, reporting options, and other resources available to you. You have the choice of who you talk with, but only a SARC or SAPR VA can take a report. For more information on who is available for SAPR services along with guidelines, refer to MCO 1752.5C.
Safe Helpline and Safe HelpRoom
The Department of Defense (DoD) also offers free, confidential, anonymous 24/7 support and services through the DoD Safe Helpline either by phone at 877-995-5247 or online.safehelpline.org. This resource offers access to services and support outside the chain of command. The services offered include phone and online chat features with certified staff as well as a chatroom for peer-to-peer support services through the Safe HelpRoom at safehelproom.org. A Safe Helpline App is also available as a mobile resource to connect to helping resources, self-care exercises, and education.
*Some state and local laws require healthcare personnel to disclose sexual assault incidents to law enforcement. Your SAPR VA can help you navigate your state and local laws, or visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network website at rainn.org.
Sexual assault is a traumatic event that may cause people to experience a range of reactions. Be patient with yourself as you begin your journey to healing after a sexual assault.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is committed to ensuring anyone who has experienced a sexual assault can receive help. As such, the SAPR program aims to provide materials that ensures everyone is included in efforts. How can Marines help support this goal?
People who are sexually assaulted are never alone – no matter when or where assistance is needed. Marines and their families have immediate access to resources and referrals by calling their installation’s 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line.