Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Sexual assault is a criminal act and will not be tolerated! Military Sealift Command's goal is to eliminate sexual assault within the command and to assist sailors and Civilian Mariners (CIVMARS) worldwide affected by this horrendous crime.

What is SAPR?

The Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) program is a victim centered program that offers crisis intervention, education and awareness, and comprehensive training. The intervention portion of the program is designed to support victims and their families as they deal with the many issues following sexual assault trauma.

What is Sexual Assault?

The term "sexual assault" is defined as the intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, non-consensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling) or attempts to commit these acts.

"Consent" means words or overact acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issued shall not constitute consent.

In other words, a victim does not have to present bloody, bruised or beaten to prove that he or she was sexually assault and a previous sexual relationship does not give an individual a right to have sex with another one without consent to do so.

What reporting options do I have?

Victims of sexual assault have two reporting options.

Restricted Reporting - Allows a sexual assault victim to confidentially disclose the details of his or her assault to specified individuals, receive medical treatment, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, without triggering command notification or law enforcement investigation.

Unrestricted Reporting - This option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who desire an official law enforcement investigation. The same support services (medical, counseling, forensic exam) are afforded to victims who chose this option as well as advocacy. When selecting unrestricted reporting, victims should use current reporting channels, (UVA, Chain of Command (COC), healthcare personnel, law enforcement, SARC or SAPR VA). Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know. Please report all sexual assaults to your SAPR VA or SARC.

If you have been sexually assault, please call the MSC SAPR 24/7 hour crisis helpline at (757) 803-4530 or the DoD SAFE Helpline at (877) 995-5247. You may also access the DoD SAFE Helpline via the web at safehelpline.org. A trained SAPR VA will be assigned to you help you. The advocate will provide you with the information you need, explain to you the required procedures, assist you throughout the course of the process and answer your questions.