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Sexual assault occurs without your consent. In general, it is a sexual assault if the attacker uses force, the threat of force or coercion, if you are asleep, incapacitated (due to drugs, alcohol or other foreign substances) or unconscious during the incident.
Sexual assault is a crime. According to the Department of Defense (DoD), the term sexual assault is defined as "intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threats, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent."
Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling) or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or age of the victim.
This reporting option allows you to confidentially disclose the crime to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate (VA) or healthcare personnel so that you can receive medical treatment and SAPR services. Additionally, Maine hospitals offer free and anonymous sexual assault forensic exams that can assist with treating injuries from the assault, providing STI prophylaxis and pregnancy prevention.
If you file a Restricted Report, law enforcement and your chain-of-command will not be notified, and there will not be an official investigation of the crime (so the person who attacked you will not be questioned or disciplined). If you want to pursue criminal charges, you must file an Unrestricted Report.
This reporting option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, SAPR services and an official investigation of the crime.
Service members who are sexually assaulted and want to make an Unrestricted Report may report the assault to a SARC, SAPR VA, healthcare personnel, a member of your chain-of-command, law enforcement, legal personnel or a chaplain. Details about the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know. With the victim's consent, Maine Hospitals will share identifying information to law enforcement regarding the sexual assault forensic exam.
Your safety is a priority, additional benefits of an Unrestricted Report include requesting an Expedited Transfer for you or the assailant, assistance with gaining a protection order and filing for Victim Compensation Benefits.
Yes. You may change a Restricted Report to an Unrestricted Report at any time. This may provide personal space and time to consider your options in order to make a more informed decision. Please discuss how to do this with your SARC or SAPR VA.
Service Members interested in becoming a Maine National Guard Sexual Assault Victim Advocate should contact the MENG SARC at the phone number or email provided above for more information.
Be an Active Bystander - Intervention
How to Intervene
When choosing what form of assistance to use, there are a variety of ways to intervene. Some of them are direct, and some of them are less obvious to the perpetrator:
Safety is paramount in active bystander intervention. Usually, intervening in a group is safer than intervening individually.
Also, choosing a method of intervention that de-escalates the situation is safer than attempting a confrontation. However, there is no single rule that can account for every situation. Service members must use good judgment and always put safety first.
* Information on Bystander Intervention was provided by the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office from: www.sapr.mil
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Even if you:
As with any violent crime, there is nothing you can do to guarantee that you will not be a victim of sexual assault. If you are sexually assaulted, remember that it is not your fault.
If you have experienced a sexual assault trained staff are here to listen and can talk through the options and resources available to you.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinators: serve as the single point of contact to oversee sexual assault awareness, prevention and response training; coordinate medical treatment, including emergency care, for victims of sexual assault; and track the services provided to a victim from the initial report through final disposition and resolution.
Sexual Assault Victim Advocates: provide non-clinical crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support to adult sexual assault victims. Support will include providing information on available options and resources to victims, provide liaison assistance with other organizations and agencies on victim care matters and reports directly to the SARC when performing victim advocacy duties.
Healthcare Personnel: are included as necessary to support victims who make Restricted and Unrestricted Reports of sexual assault. This applies to healthcare providers and persons assisting or otherwise supporting healthcare providers including administrative personnel and mental healthcare personnel.
Military Chaplains: In the course of privileged communication with a chaplain, a victim may choose to disclose a sexual assault. The disclosure will remain confidential however; the chaplain can help facilitate contact with a SARC or victim advocate to file an official Restricted or Unrestricted Report of sexual assault.