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By Simone Hall
SAPR Program Manager
Sexual assault is a crime that violates everything our organization stands for; unfortunately, Defense Contract Management Agency is not exempt from these traumatic incidents. Therefore, the DCMA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program continues to take aggressive and sustained measures to prevent sexual assaults and ensure prompt, victim-centered care for sexual assault victims.
We have an awesome staff of experienced and professional sexual assault response coordinators, and SAPR victim advocates, available 24/7 to serve DCMA employees who may become, or have been, victims of sexual assault.
The two types of reporting options available to all DCMA employees are unrestricted and restricted: Civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault may only file an unrestricted report through their chain of command, law enforcement, a SARC or a SAPR victim advocate. Uniformed service members who are victims of sexual assault may file an unrestricted or restricted report (a restricted report may not be filed through the chain of command or law enforcement).
While the decision to report a sexual assault can be quite difficult, if you are a victim of a sexual assault the following steps are highly recommended:
1. Call 911, even if you do not have any visible physical injuries seek medical care as soon as possible.
2. Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator. If possible, preserve all evidence.
3. Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth or comb your hair.
4. Do not eat or drink as either could compromise forensic evidence collection.
5. Contact a DCMA SARC or SAPR victim advocate, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional information on the DCMA SAPR program can be found at www.dcma.mil/Emergency-Resources/assault/.
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