U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, PACIFIC
SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY STATEMENT
Sexual assault is criminal behavior that will not be tolerated. It is prejudicial to good order and discipline, degrades unit morale, and is directly counter to our core values. Sexual assault is particularly devastating because of the personal nature of the act; the strong opinions held about sexual assault; and the personal shame victims of this crime experience.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides comprehensive services that center on awareness and prevention; training and education; victim advocacy; and overall system response. If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, the SAPR Program provides crisis intervention and support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help during this difficult time. 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 Marines have the responsibility to prevent sexual assault. Therefore, I direct all personnel to become familiar with the principles of the SAPR Program. Annual refresher training on sexual assault prevention is required; however, leaders from the squadron level and above should consistently talk to their Marines about behaviors and risk factors, such as excessive drinking, which create conditions where assaults can occur. These conversations serve as reinforcement of the personal standards we expect our Marines to maintain and our commitment as an institution to eliminate this crime within our Corps.
When reports of sexual assault are received, our first priority is to provide prompt and sensitive care, while maintaining the victim’s privacy. We will ensure all allegations of sexual assault are promptly reported to law enforcement for investigation and personnel who are found to have committed sexual assault will be held fully accountable within the law.
Marines must be fully committed to maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct, morality, and respect for others. We must continue to eliminate gender biases and prejudices among our members and maintain a command climate based on mutual respect and trust that values all of its members. Concerned leadership, a responsive SAPR Program and a demonstrated commitment toward taking care of our own will serve to reduce incidents of sexual assault and provide quality service to Marines and their families. The MARFORPAC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is my point of contact for any questions regarding the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
JOHN A. TOOLAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS