The DIA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program builds and maintains an organizational climate to help prevent sexual assault and to provide sexual assault survivors with prompt, supportive, and unparalleled services.
The DIA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program has two purposes:
- Increase awareness about sexual assault and how to prevent it; and
- Respond after an alleged report is made.
The DIA Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is the primary point of contact for the agency SAPR program.
In addition, there are over 20 nationally credentialed SAPR Victim Advocates (SAPR VAs) who provide support to victims.
VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM
SAPR Victim Advocates are active duty military personnel and DoD civilian employees selected by the SARC and who have completed a 40-hour training course.
SAPR VAs are volunteers who must possess the maturity and experience to assist in very sensitive situations.
- Providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support.
- Providing information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions.
- May be present with the victim, at the victim's request, during investigative interviews and medical examinations
According to DoD, the term "sexual assault" is defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these acts.
These offenses are defined in Article 120, Article 120b, and Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and can be reviewed here.
"Consent" is defined as words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity. There is no consent when the person is under legal age.
SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL
For military sexual assault survivors, a Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) and Special Victims’ Paralegal (SVP) team provides legal representation. For sexual assault survivors, an SVC must be requested by the victim and/ or granted in cases where the person requesting services meets eligibility criteria, or when exceptional circumstances warrant the provision of services.
Special Victims’ Counsel is available to military personnel with both RESTRICTED and UNRESTRICTED reports.