BATTLE CREEK, Mich. –
A sexual assault can lead to lasting psychological, emotional and physical effects for the victims who suffer through these events. Finding the right help and support is vital in order for survivors to move forward with a healthy life.
One source of help is the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, which works to implement prevention and response programs throughout the Department of Defense. The creation of this office stemmed from a need for more comprehensive support to the survivors of sexual assaults.
“The SAPR Program,” said Robin Rogers, the DLA Disposition Services Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, “was created to address sexual assault in the military services. Besides the element of crime being committed, victims of sexual assault in the military were not receiving the proper care and support to continue their mission.”
Before becoming a SARC, Rogers helped military families while serving as a member of the Family Programs office and transitioned into her current role within the DLA SAPR program.
“In 2016,” said Rogers, “DLA established a stand-alone SAPR program – and I became a full-time SARC. Besides being able to assist victims, I enjoy being able to provide training and outreach across the major subordinate commands. Our DLA SAPR program and the SARCs work diligently to provide the best victim advocacy and support to our employees.”
The SAPR program is designed to offer support tailored to individual needs. Ensuring that the individual feels support from the organization itself is something that Rogers says is very important to the healing process as well.
“The support a victim receives directly impacts their healing and recovery,” said Rogers. “When someone experiences a crime perpetrated within their workplace, it is important to make sure that they get the support needed and do not also experience institutional betrayal. The added feeling of betrayal can undermine a survivor’s recovery and compound the trauma they experience.”
DLA Disposition Services approaches its 50th anniversary as the agency relies on quality employees in order to sustain operations. By ensuring support programs such as SAPR are in place and accessible to the workforce, the agency is posturing itself for yet another 50 years of quality support to the warfighter.