U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, PACIFIC
SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY STATEMENT
I will not tolerate criminal behavior of any kind. Sexual assault is a deplorable crime that is directly counter to our core values. Sexual assault is especially prejudicial to good order and discipline because it rips apart the fabric of trust and cohesiveness and simultaneously degrades unit morale. Our goal is elimination of all sexual assaults within the United States Marine Corps. All personnel have the responsibility to prevent sexual assault. Ensure each other’s safety and look out for each other, just as you do when you are downrange. Do NOT ever become a bystander to a sexual assault!
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides comprehensive services that center on awareness and prevention; training and education; victim advocacy; and serves as an overall response to those who are victims of this crime. If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, the SAPR Program is available to provide crisis intervention and support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help during this difficult time. Ms. Tanisha M. Cook is the MARFORPAC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). Ms. Cook may be reached at (808) 477-8465 or Tanisha.Cook@usmc.mil for any questions regarding the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
When reports of sexual assault are received, our first priority is to provide prompt and sensitive care, while maintaining the victim’s privacy. There are two reporting options available: restricted and unrestricted. Both reporting options provide the victim access to support services such as medical care and counseling. However, the restricted report enables the victim to remain anonymous. To utilize the restricted report option, personnel must contact designated SAPR trained personnel such as Victim Advocates, Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, and medical personnel. Victims may also report assaults to the Chaplain or legal counsel without fear of disclosure. All hands will become familiar with the principles of the SAPR Program and also conduct annual refresher training on sexual assault prevention. However, these steps alone are not enough. Leaders at all levels should model, emphasize, and enforce accountability for the standard of behavior that is expected as professionals. Counter behaviors such as excessive drinking and undue familiarity because they foster conditions where assaults occur. Help me to ensure that all allegations of sexual assault are promptly reported to law enforcement and my chain of command for investigation. Personnel who are found to have committed sexual assault will be held fully accountable within the law.
Sergeant Major W. Stables, and I remain steadfast in attacking this criminal behavior. Engaged leadership, a responsive SAPR Program, and commitment to tirelessly take care of and look out for our own will help us eliminate incidents of sexual assault. Our Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines and their family members deserve nothing less.
TERRY G. ROBLING
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, UNITED STATES MARINE FORCES, PACIFIC