Protecting Our People, Protects Our Mission

29 Mar 2019

A message from Director 21st Century Sailor / SAPRO:

As we approach the month of April we will also be entering into Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The DOD's theme for April is "Protecting our people, protects our mission", with CNIC calling us to action by "Making a commitment". We must each make a personal commitment to focus on creating the appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault. In order to create this culture, we must first have the knowledge. Here are the answers to some common questions:

I've heard a lot about sexual assault, but is it really an issue?
Yes! According to the Department of Justice, every 98 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.

What is sexual assault?
Sexual Assault is "intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent".

Is sexual assault a readiness issue?
Absolutely. According to the DOD SAPR Annual Report, 1 in 4 survivors took steps to leave the military as a result of sexual assault or sexual harassment.

I've been sexually assaulted, who are my confidential resources as a service member?
SARCs, SAPR VAs, SAPR UVAs, Deployed Resiliency Counselors (DRCs), Chaplains, Medical, SAFE Helpline/Local Hotlines, VLC.

I've been sexually assaulted, who are my confidential resources as a DON civilian?
SARCs, SAPR VAs, Civilian Counselors/Rape Crisis Centers, Civilian Medical, SAFE Helpline/Local Hotlines.

I've told another person about my sexual assault (e.g. roommate, friend, family member), does this prevent me from making a Restricted Report?
This in and of itself, doesn't prevent the you from making a Restricted Report. It's important to note that Restricted Reports are confidential, not anonymous, reporting. There are exceptions to this case where a Restricted Report could not be filed. That's if you confided in someone that is in your chain of command or law enforcement, in that case the report would default to an Unrestricted Report. 

What's the difference between a SARC, SAPR VA and UVA?
A SARC is a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, which is a full time civilian position on each installation. They ensure that installations have effective victim response and help to oversee the running of the SAPR Program. A SAPR Victim Advocate (VA) is a trained civilian employee, and a Unit Victim Advocate (UVA) is a service member that is a victim advocate as a collateral duty within the command. Both VAs and UVAs provide advocacy services that support the victim on their path to healing. 

Learn more about Naval Station Everett's Sexual Assault Prevention & Response.