Contact Us

For more information, comments or concerns regarding the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, please contact us at 614-692-8846.

In case of emergency, call 1-800-841-0937.

DLA Land and Maritime
P.O. Box 3990
Columbus, OH 43218-3990

  • Every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
  • 1 out of 6 women & 1 out of 33 men are assaulted in their lifetimes.
  • We have a responsibility to do our part in not only preventing sexual assault but by educating ourselves on how to support survivors.
  • It’s not always easy to know what to say when someone tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted, especially when that person is a family member, friend, or loved one. Consider the following ways of showing support:
    • Listen. Communicate without judgment.
    • Be there. If the survivor seeks medical attention or plans to report, offer to be there. Your presence can offer the support they need.
    • Encourage self-care. Following an assault it is important to practice good self-care during this difficult time.
    • Offer support. Encourage the survivor to get support. Share resources like the SAPR team has available today but realize that only the survivor can make the decision to get help.
    • Be patient. There is no timetable for recovering from trauma. Avoid putting pressure on them to engage in activities they aren’t ready to do yet.

Do's and Don'ts when talking to a survivor:

  • Do concentrate on understanding the survivor's feelings.
  • Do allow silences.
  • Do let the survivor know you are glad they disclosed to you.
  • Don't interrogate or ask for specific details about the sexual assault.
  • Don't ask "Why" questions such as "Why did you go there?" or "Why didn't you scream?"
  • Don't tell them what you would have done or what they should have done.

It's on us

  • To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported

Call DLA SAPR for resources and support at 1-800-841-0937.


Land & Maritime’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program 

The purpose of the SAPR program is to ensure a workforce that is free of sexual assault through prevention, education, standardized response protocols, victim support and an organizational climate that is committed to the safety and resiliency of its workforce.

What do I do if I think I have been sexually assaulted?

  • Find a safe environment, away from the offender. 
  • Call the SAPR hotline: 1-800-841-0937 or DSN: 392-767-1133 . 
  • Seek emergency medical attention, if necessary.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, threat, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. This includes: rape, nonconsensual sodomy, indecent assault, or any attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship, or age of the victim. Sexual assault is a crime punishable under the UCMJ as well as state and federal laws.

Why call the SARC? 

  • The SARC can help determine if you need to seek medical care for a forensic exam. If you are bleeding, in pain, or notice other injuries, please seek immediate medical care. 
  • Assistance in navigating the military and civilian criminal justice system(s), if the victim desires law enforcement involvement can be provided. 
  • Information and referral for other resources, both on and off base, including: medical, safe housing, counseling, support groups, spiritual support, and legal services.

Remember: a sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. It is never too late to call. Even if the assault happened years ago, the SAPR program can still help. Many victims do not realize that they need help until months or years later.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)*

 *2020 Events have been postponed


Each year, DLA Land and Maritime’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office host an informational fair during lunch in the Operation Center Café.


The fair provides information and resources available at the Defense Supply Center Columbus and in the surrounding community for survivors of sexual assault and their advocates.

2019 Going the Distance to Support SAPR

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM), the DLA SAPR program invites all DLA employees, worldwide, to participate in a virtual “Going the Distance to Support SAPR” challenge. Our goal is to continue to spread the word across the DLA enterprise about the SAPR program and resources and show support for survivors.

Purpose. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM), the DLA SAPR program invites all DLA employees, worldwide, to participate in a “Going the Distance to Support SAPR” enterprise wide challenge. Our goal is to continue to spread the word across the DLA enterprise about the SAPR program and resources and show support for survivors. You can participate and earn points by taking part in various physical activities as well as SAAPM month events.

This challenge will be going on for the entire month of April.

Progress will be updated on the DLA SAPR website.

  • The MSC, J, or D Code with the most points at the end of the month will be recognized.
  • The Land & Maritime Directorate with the most participation will be awarded the "SAPR’s Top Supporter" award.
  • Individual participants with the most points at the conclusion of the challenge will receive special recognition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you participate?


Begin tracking your physical activity and participation in SAAPM events beginning April 1.

How do we earn points?

  • Wear teal on Tuesday = 300 points 
  • 30 minutes of strength training/exercise/fitness activity = 500 points 
  • Walk/run/swim/cycle 1 mile (2000 steps) = 100 points 
  • Attend/participate in a SAPR event = 100 points 
  • "Like" DefenseMWR on Facebook = 300 points   
  • Wear denim on Denim Day = 300 points 
  • Submit Teal Tuesday and Denim Day photos = 100 points

Enter your points weekly at

Points are due on: April 8, 15, 22 and May 1

  • April 8 – Enter points earned April 1-7
  • April 15 – Enter points earned April 8-14
  • April 22 – Enter points earned April 15-21
  • May 1- Enter points earned April 22-30

***You must visit the website each Monday and enter your points***

Do you participate as a group or individual?

Individual. Participants are responsible for tracking their individual points weekly on the website provided,, Your points will be added to your MSC or J/D Code totals.

How do you win?

The MSC with the most points at the end of the month will be announced (the J/D Codes will be counted together). Individual participants with the most points will receive special recognition. POINTS ARE DUE ON: April 8, 15, 22 and May 1

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.


Associates are encouraged to engage their voice and support sexual assault awareness and prevention by simply wearing teal every Tuesday in April.


Teal is the awareness color associated with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.

Teal Tea became an annual DLA Land and Maritime event in 2018. Associates join leadership for a unique event that include tea, refreshments and words from a keynote speaker on the topic of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.

Why a teal tea?

Teal is the awareness color associated with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.

A video was created that explains the concept of consent using drinking tea as an analogy for sexual consent

As a part of the MWR 5K series, runners and walkers are invited to register for the DLA Land and Maritime Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month themed 5K.


Historically, t-shirts or towels are given to the first group of participants and light refreshments are served at the end of the race.

Denim Day is a call to action resulting from a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a sexual assault convention was overturned based on the justices belief that the victim's jeans were so tight that she must have helped the attacker remove them, thereby implying consent.  The women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans the next day in solidarity of the victim. 


In April 1999, Denim Day was established in the United States.


Today, Denim Day is promoted worldwide in response to this case as a protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. 

News about DLA Land and Maritime's Sexual Assault and Prevention Program

July 2, 2020 - The Defense Logistics Agency Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program works all year long to promote awareness, provide training and conduct outreach to prevent sexual violence and to support those who have experienced it. Join us over the course of the next several months to promote awareness and show DLA’s support for survivors.

A night of healing: taking back ourselves
July 8, 2019 - Sexual Assault and Abuse Awareness Event Jul7 28 at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine. Event information is provided for awareness only through the DLA SAPR Program and no government or DLA endorsement is intended.

DLA Portsmouth associates participate in Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month activities
DLA Portsmouth associates gathered to Walk-a-Lap for a Survivor as part of a Land and Maritime visit to raise awareness and provide information during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month April 24. If you were unable to attend, resources and additional information are available from the DLA Land and Maritime Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at 614-692-8846. For 24/7 response, call 1-800-841-0937.
April 25, 2019 - DLA Land and Maritime Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator Shari Murnahan and Penny Copp, an Equal Employment Office specialist, visited DLA Portsmouth in New Hampshire April 24. The visit focused on providing information and resources to Portsmouth associates through in-person training sessions, leadership and community partner updates and a Walk-a-Lap awareness event.


DLA Land & Maritime SARC/VA

  • For information & resources call 614-692-8846
  • For 24/7 response call 1-800-841-0937

Local Civilian Sexual Assault Crisis Center:

  • Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO): 614-267-7020

Nearest hospital for a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE):

Mt. Carmel East
6001 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213

Military SAPR Program Contacts:

  • Ohio National Guard – 877-751-5628
  • Navy Recruiting District Ohio – 847-489-8196
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base – 937-689-2154 (MTF also available at this site)

Online SAPR Resources:

  • DoD Safe Helpline:  available to military members for SAPR reporting & resources
  •  prevention & reporting options
  • RAINN: national sexual assault hotline
  • Vet Center:  military sexual trauma for active duty & combat veterans