If You Think Someone You Supervise Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe location.

• Ensure the victim is at a safe location away from the perpetrator.  If possible, take them to a safe place as soon as you can.

• If within a threatening situation, work with military law enforcement or local police to protect the victim from the perpetrator and any others acting on the perpetrators behalf.

• Other than safety and health-related questions, try to refrain from asking the victim for details about the incident.  Show interest in what the victim says and ask what you can do to help them.. .

• Be a good listener.  Avoid being judgmental, resist placing any blame.  Do not assume you know what is best and support their right and ability to make their own decisions. 

Seek medical care as soon as possible.

• If the victim requires emergency medical care, call 911 or your installation's emergency medical care services. Even If emergency medical care is not needed, encourage the victim to seek medical care as soon as possible.

• Offer to stay with the victim. Victims are often reluctant to be alone after a frightening ordeal. If requested, accompany the victim wherever they want to go.

• If the victim wants to or has already changed their clothes, put the clothes worn when the crime occurred in a paper bag.

• Contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at your installation and/or your unit Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) and arrange for the victim to speak with one of them.

Report the Incident.

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• Speak with a SARC or SAPR VA. Both are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at every military installation.  

• Contact the DoD Safe Helpline:      
              Call:       1-877-995-5247 
             Text:       55-247(001-202-470-5546 outside the U.S.) 




After the Incident.

• Ensure the victim is allowed time to attend medical and other appointments such as with the SARC, VA or law enforcement.  Assist with administrative and logistical arrangements so that the victim can access services and receive care. Only inform those with a need to know why the victim is absent or requires logistical assistance.

• Be aware of the victim's safety.  A Military Protective Order (MPO) may have been issued by command to keep the perpetrator away from the victim or the victim may have been eligible for a Civilian Protective Order (CPO).  Check with the SARC working the case to see if either have been initiated. If so, watch for signs that the perpetrator is violating the terms of the MPO or CPO.

• Ensure the victim is made aware of and encouraged to exercise their options during each phase of the medical, investigative and legal processes.  Contact the SARC/SAPR VA if any issue arise related to the SAFE, expedited transfer, retaliation, ostracism, or safety assessments.

• Support the victim as he or she goes through the investigation and legal proceedings.  You don't have to 'fix' anything - just be available to listen when they need you.

• Be patient with the victims duty performance as they recover from being a victim of a crime.

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