Sexual Assault Prevention

Hours:  Monday - Friday: 8AM - 4:30PM
Hours may vary during holidays. Please call ahead

Installation SARC- Office :229-639-5602 | Duty Cell: 229-854-8805
                                 Bldg. 7260, Room 116

Sexual Assault Helpline (24/7 Response): 229-881-3883

DoD Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247

Local and National Resources

Sexual assault is a criminal act and will not be tolerated. The Marine Corps’ goal is to eliminate sexual assaults within the Corps and to assist those Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Corps units affected by sexual assault. (MCO 1752.C)

The MCLB Albany Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program serves as the single point of entry for Active Duty Service Members or retires, military dependents over the age of 18. In addition, the SAPR provides crisis support to civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is considered the center of gravity when it comes to insuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care. They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care.

What is Sexual Assault?

The DoD defines sexual assault as “intentional sexual contact”, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse authority, or when the victim cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex) and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts. (MCO 6495.02)

What is Consent?

DoD defines consent as words or overt acts indicating a “freely given agreement” to the sexual conduct at issue “by a competent person”. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused’s use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear “does not constitute consent”. (MCO 6495.02)

Reporting Options

Restricted Reporting

Allows victim to report confidentially and receive help without an investigation or command involvement. Services available with a restricted report include:

  • Victim Advocate/SARC Support
  • Counseling
  • Chaplain Services/Medical Care
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam
  • Victim Legal Counsel
  • Can be converted to Unrestricted at anytime
Unrestricted Reporting

Allows a victim of Sexual Assault to report and receive support services, in addition to initiating A law enforcement investigation, and the support of the chain of command. Services include: include:

  • Victim Advocate/SARC Support
  • Counseling/Chaplain Services
  • Medical Care/Sexual Assault Forensic Exam/Victim Legal Counsel/Law Enforcement
  • Military Protective Order/Expedited Transfer

Male Victims of Sexual Assault

According to the National Center for PTSD, as published by the US. Department of Veteran Affairs, at least 1 out of every 10 (or 10%) of men in our country have suffered from trauma as a result of sexual assault. Like women, men who experience sexual assault may suffer from depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other emotional problems as a result. However, because men and women have different life experiences due to their different gender roles, emotional symptoms following trauma can look different in men and do in women.

Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contends that lesbian, gay and bisexual community experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from their partner. If you are a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Please call 229-881-3883 for support.