Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
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What is the purpose of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response,reporting, and accountability.
The Army's policy on Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program applies where and when?
- This policy applies --Both on and off post and during duty and non-duty hours.
- To working, living, and recreational environments (including both on- and off-post housing).
What are the goals of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?
- Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Army personnel, Army civilians, and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.
- Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.
- Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.
- Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims’ health and well-being.
- Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.
Define sexual assault.
Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Sexual assault includes what acts?
- Non consensual Sodomy (oral or anal sex)
- Indecent Assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling)
- Attempts to commit these acts
More than half of sexual assault offenses include what?
Prevention of sexual harassment is whose responsibility?
The Commander’s Responsibility
Define the following terms as they apply to the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program: victim, alleged perpetrator, and perpetrator.
- Victim - One who has been sexually assaulted.
- Alleged Perpetrator - One who has been accused of committing a crime (subject).
- Perpetrator - One who has committed a crime (offender).
What is the Army's policy on sexual assault?
- Sexual assault is a criminal offense that has no place in the Army. It degrades mission readiness by devastating the Army’s ability to work effectively as a team. Every Soldier who is aware of a sexual assault should immediately (within 24 hours) report incidents. Sexual assault is incompatible with Army values and is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other federal and local civilian laws.
- The Army will use training, education, and awareness to minimize sexual assault; to promote the sensitive handling of victims of sexual assault; to offer victim assistance and counseling; to hold those who commit sexual assault offenses accountable; to provide confidential avenues for reporting, and to reinforce a commitment to Army values.
- The Army will treat all victims of sexual assault with dignity, fairness, and respect.The Army will treat every reported sexual assault incident seriously by following proper guidelines. The information and circumstances of the allegations will be disclosed on a need-to-know basis only.
- This policy applies—Both on and off post and during duty and non-duty hours.To working, living, and recreational environments (including both on- and off-post housing).
If someone has been sexually assaulted, to whom may they report the crime?
- Their chain of command.
- Medical Treatment Facility.
- Military Police/Criminal Investigation Division.
- Social Work Services.
- Family Advocacy.
- Legal Services.
Army Regulation 27-10 outlines the rights of crime victims, what are they?
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and a respect for privacy
- The right to be 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 assault unless the court determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial, or for other good cause
- The right to talk to the attorney for the Government in the case
- The right to seek restitution, if appropriate
- The right to information regarding conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender from custody.
What must Commanders do to implement and support the Army's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?
- Ensure that assigned personnel (to include RC personnel under their jurisdiction) are familiar with the Army policy on sexual harassment.
- Publish and post written command policy statements for the prevention of sexual harassment.
- Continually assess and be aware of the climate of command regarding sexual harassment. Identify problems or potential problems. Take prompt, decisive action to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment. Either resolve the problem at the lowest possible level or, if necessary, take formal disciplinary or administrative action. Do not allow Soldiers to be retaliated against for filing complaints. Continually monitor the unit and assess sexual harassment prevention policies and programs at all levels within area of responsibility. Ensure all leaders understand that if they witness or otherwise know of incidents of sexual harassment, they are obligated to act. If they do not, they themselves are also engaging in sexual harassment.
- Set the standard
What are the categories of sexual harassment and give some examples?
- Verbal – Examples of verbal sexual harassment may include telling sexual jokes; using sexually explicit profanity, threats, sexually oriented cadences, or sexual comments.
- Nonverbal – Examples of nonverbal sexual harassment may include staring at someone (that is, “undressing someone with one’s eyes"), blowing kisses, winking, or licking one’s lips in a suggestive manner.
- Physical Contact - Examples of physical sexual harassment may include touching, patting, pinching, bumping, grabbing, cornering, or blocking a passageway; kissing; and providing unsolicited back or neck rubs.
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