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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPRP)

Address: 830 Chisholm Ave. Fort Meade, MD 20755
Telephone: 301-677-5590
Fax: 301-677-2910
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPRP) provides

crisis intervention and support services to victims of sexual assault, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Trained and professional victim advocates provide a helping hand through support, critical information, and referrals for service on Fort Meade and in the community.

Advocates assist survivors in determining what they wish to do and where to get help, whether they choose to report the assault or not. They accompany survivors to medical visits, court proceedings, and other appointments as requested.

The SAPRP also provides education and awareness trainings to active duty members, family members, and Military civilian, Military contract personnel on how to stay safe and what to do if assaulted.

Unit level trainings requirements from AR-600-20

Unit level training- all Soldiers will attend and participate in unit level Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training annually. The commander will incorporate sexual assault prevention training into the overall annual unit training plan.

Sexual Assault Prevention Pre-deployment training- this training will incorporate information on sexual assault prevention and response. As part of pre-deployment training, Soldiers will be presented with information to increase awareness in an effort to help prevent further sexual assaults.

Sexual Assault Prevention Post-deployment training- Commanders will ensure service members receive sexual assault prevention and response unit refresher training during reintegration activities.

 

Sexual Assault Resources:

  • Victim Advocate/SARC Hotline: (443)845-0876
  • Chaplain:   (301) 677-6035 / 3785
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Hotline:  (410) 222-7273
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

 

FAQ

What is Sexual Assault?
I have been sexually assaulted.  What should I do?
What are the reporting options?
Who can make a restricted report?
How can I reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted?
What are the myths associated with sexual assault?
Resources

 

What is sexual assault?
Sexual Assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Consent should not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Additionally, consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.
Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact or fondling, or attempts to commits these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship, or age of victim.
I have been sexually assaulted. What should I do?

Get to a safe location away from the attacker.

Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.

Do not wash comb, or clean any part of your body, eat drink or change clothes if possible.

Contact a Victim Advocate (VA), health care provider, chaplain or the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) (443) 845-0876.

What are the reporting options?
The Army currently affords soldier victims of sexual assault with two reporting options:

1. Restricted Reporting allows a soldier who is a sexual assault victim on a confidential basis, to disclose the details of his/her assault to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and counseling, without triggering an official investigative process. Soldiers who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy should report the assault to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate, Chaplain or a healthcare provider. Military leaders must report sexual assaults to law enforcement.

2. Unrestricted Reporting allows a victim who is sexually assaulted and desires medical treatment, counseling, and an official investigation of the allegation to use all current reporting channels.
Who can make a restricted report?
Restricted reporting is available at this time only to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status). Members of the Reserve Component not performing Federal duty are not eligible. Retired members of any component are not eligible. Dependents are not eligible. Department of Defense civilian employees are not eligible.

How can I reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted?
  • Travel with a buddy.
  • Stay in groups, as there is safety in numbers.
  • Never leave a drink unattended. Educate yourself about date rape drugs.
  • Stay sober. Studies indicate that about half of all U.S. sexual assaults involve alcohol by the offender, the victim or both.
  • Trust your instincts; if a place or person feels unsafe, it probably is.
  • Be assertive meaning state what you want clearly, remember, No means No.  If you do not want to be intimate with someone tell him or her clearly. Use a confident voice and body posture.
  • Enroll in a self defense class.
What are the myths associated with sexual assault?

Myth:  Strangers commit most sexual assaults.

Fact:  Victims usually know their assailant. In nearly 70 percent of sexual assaults on women, the assailant was someone the victim knew i.e., a coworker, boyfriend, neighbor, family member, and friend.

Myth:  Rape is about sexual desire.

Fact:  Sex has little to do with it. Sex becomes the weapon, the vehicle to accomplish the desired end result, which is to overwhelm, overpower, embarrass, and humiliate another person. Also, looking at typical victims shows clearly that this crime is not about sex: Children and the elderly are at high risk of being raped because of their vulnerability. An attacker can easily overpower these victims.

Myth:  Rapist are psychotic or sick men.

Fact:  Less than 5% of convicted rapist are clinically diagnosed as psychotic. The media presents these cases to the public because of the bizarre nature of the rapes, but the rapist can be anyone.

Myth:  Men cannot be sexually assaulted.

Fact:  Men can be sexually assaulted, and they are often assaulted by heterosexual males. Male rape occurs in the public sector, and in the Army, not just in jail. It is very rarely reported. Male sexual assaults often happen when the victim is a child. 5% of all sexual assault victims are men.

Myth:  Rape is rare and will never happen to me.

Fact:   A rape occurs every 6 minutes. The FBI estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Most rapes are not even reported. 20% of women across America have been sexually assaulted. According to a recent study, up to 28% of military females are sexually assaulted during their military career.

Sexual Assault Resources:

Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
http://www.sapr.mil

Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
http://www.sexualassault.army.mil

Military One Source
http://www.militaronesource.com

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