The MARFORRES SAPR program consists of a Force-level Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Command-level SARCs for each Major Subordinate Command, Civilian SAPR Victim Advocates stationed at MARFORRES headquarters in New Orleans, LA. In addition, there are uniformed SAPR Victim Advocates (VAs) geographically dispersed throughout the force.
Supports a positive command climate in which victims and those who assist victims of sexual assault feel confident about reporting their experiences without retaliation.
Provides training commensurate with the knowledge and duties of target audiences that emphasizes how to prevent sexual assault through bystander intervention and addresses acts of retaliation within the Corps.
Confidential 24/7 access to credentialed advocates who provide crisis intervention and referrals to supportive resources, including medical care and dedicated legal representation.
Victim reporting options to file either a confidential Restricted Report or an Unrestricted Report which serves as a bridge to command involvement and offender accountability.
Independent investigation of unrestricted and third-party reports of sexual assault incidents by the appropriate investigative agency (e.g., NCIS).
Fair and judicious disposition of investigated sexual assault incidents by senior and experienced officers (06 and higher, specially trained as Sexual Assault Initial Disposition Authority) with the goal of holding offenders appropriately accountable.
Use of targeted research for program updates focused on stopping sexual assault before it occurs and opens the door to more reporting of sexual assault incidents by both male and female Marine victims.