Sexual assault is not only prejudicial to good order, but a serious crime. It is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, physical threat of force, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or
cannot consent. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship, or age of victim.
"Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, coercion, or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.“
Sexual assault will not be tolerated. Failure to report or ignoring sexual assault incidents will have damaging consequences for both victims and their organizations. Appropriate legal or administrative action will be taken against violators.
Victims will be treated with sensitivity, decency, and respect, and will receive appropriate medical , emotional, psychological, and social services. Care will be given to ensure the identity of a victim is released only to those who have a need-to-know. Victim safety and rights are paramount. Victims who have the courage to report must feel confident their personal safety will be protected and they will not be re-victimized by the organization. Marines and Sailors who are sexually assaulted are physically, mentally, and emotionally traumatized. They deserve to be treated with sensitivity and care.
Regardless of which type of report they choose, victims will have the full support of this command. Reporting an incident of sexual assault may be initiated via the following reports:
• A restricted report allows the victim to receive medical, informational , advocacy, and emotional / psychological counseling support services without notification of law enforcement or the command. A restricted report can be made to a Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA), Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Healthcare Provider (HCP), DoD Safe Helpline 24/7 (+ 1 877-995-5247), or Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Sexual Assault 24/7 Help Line (DSN 636-4673 & Off Base 098-970-4673). In a restricted report, the victim's identity remains confidential and it is not forwarded to law enforcement or the command.
• An unrestricted report also allows a victim to receive medical, informational, and emotional / psychological counseling support services as well as access to additional services such as Victim's Legal Counsel. An unrestricted report will also initiate an official investigation. An unrestricted report can be made to law enforcement authorities, the command, a UVA, SARC, HCP, Chaplain, DoD Safe Helpline, and the Sexual Assault Help Line. Although the victim's identity will not remain confidential, care will be given to ensure that it is re leased only to those with an actual need-to-know (i.e. unit commander and investigating authorities).
Sexual assault is destructive and defies our Core Values. Marine Air Support Squadron 2 will maintain two UVAs that are trained and prepared to appropriately work through all sexual assault cases, whether a victim desires official action or someone to confide in. We will work closely with Wing and Installation SARCs and maintain a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) which will include the Chaplain, UVAs, and other designated members of the squadron.