SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION
AND RESPONSE
 
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DIA's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program builds and maintains an organizational climate to help prevent sexual assault and provide sexual assault survivors with prompt, supportive and unparalleled services.

The DIA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 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 is the primary point of contact for the Agency's SAPR program.

In addition, there are over 20 nationally credentialed SAPR victim advocates who provide support to victims.

SAPR victim advocates are active duty military personnel and DoD civilian employees selected by the SARC who have completed a 40-hour training course.

SAPR victim advocates are volunteers who must possess the maturity and experience to assist in very sensitive situations.

Responsibilities include:

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.

DEFINITIONS

 

Sexual Assault

"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, including rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex) or attempts to commit these offenses.

Consent

"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 and Special Victims Paralegal team provides legal representation. For sexual assault survivors, an SVC must be requested by the victim and 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 restricted and unrestricted reports.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

To speak with DIA's sexual assault response coordinator, call 202-231-3400 or email sapr.sapr@dodiis.mil.

To report a sexual assault, call 202-253-0305 to speak with a DIA SAPR victim advocate or click the DoD SAFE Helpline image to the left for local SARC/victim advocate support.