Sexual assault is a traumatic event that may cause people to experience a range of reactions. These reactions are normal response to trauma and experiencing reactions to trauma does not mean that someone is “weak” or less of a Marine. . Recognizing these responses to trauma may help you or someone you know to be prepared to handle them or find the right resources to help.
Common Reactions to Trauma
Reactions to trauma can last for several days, a few weeks, or longer. People are encouraged to rely on family members, friends, or other trusted persons for support. SAPR Victim Advocates (VA) and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) are also available to help someone determine the path to recovery that is best for them, including referrals to a variety of counseling services that can help someone move forward.
Healing from sexual assault varies from person to person and it's not always a steady process. It is normal to experience some ups and downs. If you experienced a sexual assault, don't blame yourself for having a difficult time or not “getting better” as quickly as you (or others) think you should. Be patient, set a pace that's right for you, and remember, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help.
To learn more, visit the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response page.
A Marine who files an Unrestricted Report of sexual assault may request an expedited transfer. The intent is to assist in the victim’s recovery by moving the victim to a new location.
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When a victim of sexual assault decides to report, it's important to understand the options available. Knowing the difference between Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting will help you avoid issues down the road. Let's take a closer look.