SAPR Phone numbers at Ft Meade:
Duty SAPR VA Phone: 301-602-1613
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SAPR Program? Established in 1994, the Navy Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Program (SAVI) offers a standardized, consistent, victim-sensitive system to prevent and respond to sexual assault Navy-wide. The name of the SAVI Program was changed to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) in 2009, but the services remain the same.
The SAPR Program is made up of three components:
- Awareness and Prevention Education
- Victim Advocacy and Intervention
- Data Collection
Trained Victim Advocates are on-call 24/7 to provide the following services:
- Crisis Intervention
- Victim Advocacy
- Emotional Support
- Information about Victim’s Rights and Resources
- Referrals for Counseling and other services
- Support through the Medical and Legal Process
- Confidential Communication
For more information about the SAPR Program, or if you are interested in training to become a SAPR Victim Advocate, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) located at your local Fleet and Family Support Center.
What should I do if I have been Sexually Assaulted?
First, Get to a safe place. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 or base police to be transported to the hospital. (NOTE: Once law enforcement or base police are notified that an assault has occurred, you will no longer have the option of making a Restricted Report-see below for more information on Reporting Options).
Call a SAPR Victim Advocate for assistance at 301-419-1936
Even if you do not need immediate medical assistance, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that you are not hurt. Also, important physical evidence can be collected as part of a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, if you choose to do so.
To preserve as much evidence as possible, do not shower, wash, or brush your teeth. Bring the clothes you were wearing and any bedding with you in a paper bag to be collected as evidence as well.
A SAPR Victim Advocate is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and explain the options and resources that are available to you. It is important for never the victim’s fault.
What are my Reporting Options?
In June of 2005, the Department of Defense instated two reporting options for active duty military victims of sexual assault.
Restricted Reporting What are my Rights as a Victim?
Under restricted reporting, no investigation or official report of a sexual assault will take place. Your command, law enforcement personnel, and other military authorities will not be notified that a sexual assault has occurred. The full range of protections afforded to victims may not be available, such as being separated from the offender or a having a military protective order prohibiting the offender from having any contact with you. However, you will still be able to access medical care as well as counseling and victim advocacy services under the Restricted Reporting Option. It is important to note that this option is only available to Active Duty Sailors.
Medical treatment is provided and forensic evidence can be collected (with your consent) without having to officially report the sexual assault. Any forensic evidence collected will be stored anonymously at a storage facility for up to a year. At any point during that time you can decide to notify law enforcement of the assault and the report will become Unrestricted. If a report has not been made Unrestricted within 1 year of evidence collection, the evidence will be destroyed and no longer available for future prosecution efforts.
To maintain the Restricted Reporting option, only Victim Advocates (VAs), healthcare providers, chaplains, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) can know about the assault. Since all other military members are required to report any sexual assaults to law enforcement or their command, if you tell anyone other than these people, your case may be turned over to law enforcement for an investigation.
To ensure a safe Command Climate, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) must report information concerning a sexual assault to command within 24 hours of the incident. However, identifying information such as your and the offender’s identify will remain private.
Unrestricted reporting is a process where you disclose that you have been sexually assaulted. Your command will be notified and an official criminal investigation will be initiated. Making an Unrestricted report will allow your commander to put into place the full range of protections and rights available to you as a victim. In addition you will have access to all the services and assistance available in restricted reporting like medical care, counseling and victim advocacy. While your report is not confidential, your privacy is foremost in unrestricted reporting, and knowledge of the sexual assault will be kept on a need-to-know basis.
As a Federal crime victim, you have the following rights:
- The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy;
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender;
- The right to be notified of court proceedings;
- The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial;
- The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
- The right to available restitution;
- The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
DD Form 2701
How can I get involved in the SAPR Program?
If you are interested in being part of the SAPR Program,
contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at
the Fleet and Family Support Center, (301) 677-9014/17/18
The DoD Safe Helpline number is the 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
Response Line. If you need immediate support services, you should call the
DoD Safe Helpline.
If local sexual assault victim assistance is requested, please call the
following numbers, in order. If none of the three are immediately
available please leave a message or contact the DoD Safe Helpline for
1. NIOC MD Ft Meade Duty SAPR VA Phone: 301-602-1613
2. NIOC MD Ft Meade SARC: 410-227-6235
3. Patuxent River SARC: 301-481-1057