National Guard of the United States - Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
United States Department of Defense, National Guard of the United States
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The National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program (SAPR) is part of a Department of Defense-wide initiative to end sexual assault in the military and encourage Service members to protect and defend one another against unwanted sexual contact.
Through preventative education, civilian partnerships, bystander intervention, and victim advocacy, SAPR empowers service members to report incidents they’ve experienced, and recognize when they or someone they know may be in a dangerous situation.
Whether or not you’re not sure your experience qualifies as sexual assault, follow the steps below just in case:
1. Get to a safe location away from the perpetrator as soon as you can.
2. If you need immediate medical treatment, or are in life-threatening danger, dial 911.
3. Call your State/Territory Joint Force Headquarters Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (JFHQ SARC) immediately. If your SARC is not available contact: Sexual Assault Self Helpline: 877-995-5247
4. Preserve the evidence.
Do not change your clothes or shower,
Do not clean the room or assault site,
Do not eat, drink or brush your teeth,
Do not urinate,
Seek medical attention if necessary - even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted infections.
5. Write down as many details of the assault as you can.
6. Go to a medical treatment facility (MTF) or local hospital as soon as possible and ask for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (“SANE Nurse”). Have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) done, which will collect evidence against the alleged subject. If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected. You may also want to be tested for STIs.
7. Ask for a Victim Advocate (VA), who may be assigned from a different unit or service. If you are deployed, ask for a SARC or VA at the nearest clinic.
If you were assaulted two days ago or longer, there’s still time. Follow as many of the steps above as you can and seek help from your JFHQ SARC or VA.