Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

SAPR, Camp Lejeune

  Bldg 403, L Street
    Camp Lejeune


Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 4:30PM
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Sexual assault is a criminal act and will not be tolerated. The Marine Corps’s goal is to eliminate sexual assaults within the Corps and to assist those affected by sexual assault. (MCO 1752.5C)

The MCB Camp Lejeune and the MCAS New River Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides 24/7 support and advocacy to all Marines, Sailors, and military dependents over 18. The Program addresses the prevention of sexual assault through awareness, education, and training. We also ensure that all Marines who are victims of sexual assault are “treated with dignity, sensitivity, and without prejudice” (MCO 1752.5C).

Restricted Reporting

If a person that has been assaulted wants to receive medical treatment and support services without triggering an official investigation, he or she can make a confidential report to any of the following individuals:

- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
- Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA)
- Civilian Victim Advocate 
- Healthcare Provider or Personnel
- Chaplain
- Victims Legal Counsel (Click here for brochure)

When a Marine decides to make a restricted report, they receive medical care and counseling without notifying command or law enforcement officials. The SARC will notify the Commanding Officer of the Installation that an assault occurred without providing identifying information about the victim. A Marine who elects to make a restricted report can always change to an unrestricted report.

Unrestricted Reporting

The unrestricted reporting option allows a Marine to receive medical treatment, counseling, and an official investigation of the crime. An unrestricted report of sexual assault can be made to the following individuals:

- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
- Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA)
- Civilian Victim Advocate
- Health care provider or personnel
- Chaplain
- Chain of Command
- Law enforcement
- Victims Legal Counsel (Click here for brochure)

Details of the incident will only be shared with personnel who have a legitimate need to know. This option allows the victim to request a Military Protective Order, Civilian Protective Order, or an Expedited Transfer and enables the Marine Corps to potentially hold the offender accountable.

Per MCO 1752.5C Enclosure 5-1, 1C, SAPR VAs shall attend 16 hours of continuing education (CE) annually to obtain the required 32 CE hours for biennial D-SAACP recertification.

D-SAACP requires applicants to show proof of 32 hours of continuing education training for certification renewal (DoD 6495.03). Included in the 32 hours; Applicants must take 2 hours of victim advocacy ethics training.

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Support for Men who have been sexually assaulted. You are NOT alone!

Sexual assault does happen to men and it is a time of confusion and emotional distress. This confusion and distress is one reason the majority of male survivors never come forward. This site is as a tool for survivors to find resources and take steps toward healing. The Department of Defense FY18 Report on Sexual Assaults highlights that of the estimated 20,500 sexual assaults involving service members, 0.7% or 7,500 men, confirm that they experienced some penetrative or contact sexual assault. 1 in 12 men who experienced sexual harassment also experienced sexual assault. Support is available. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you have been touched in a way that made you feel uncomfortable and would like to speak to a Victim Advocate, please call the Camp Lejeune-New River 24/7 Sexual Assault Helpline at 910-750-5852.

There is no single reaction to being sexually assaulted. Some of the more common reactions include, but are not limited to:

Confusion about sexuality

  • Did this happen to me because I’m homosexual (if the survivor is a homosexual)?
  • “Does this make me homosexual (if the survivor is heterosexual)?”
  • “Will I be thought of as homosexual because I was assaulted (for both heterosexual survivors who are worried about the perception of their peers, and homosexuals who wish to keep their sexual orientation private)?”


  • "I should have stopped it."
  • "I should have been able to defend myself."


  • “I’m mad at who did this, which sometimes manifests to persons other than the attacker.

Fact: One out of every 10 men is a victim of sexual assault, and 1 out of six boys will be sexually abused by age 18. Males are socialized to not be vulnerable and not identify themselves as victims.

Fact: Some child molesters do have gender preferences, but the majority of child molesters who abuse boys do not identify themselves as homosexual or gay.

Fact: Sexual arousal or orgasmic response does not mean that positive emotions or consent were involved. It simply means that the body reacted. The act of abuse assumes or disregards a victim’s feelings. A male can have an erection or an orgasm even when he is afraid.

Fact: Males may be more traumatized by the abuse experience than girls because societal views often cause them to deny their victimization and deal with it on their own.

Fact: Being abused confuses the victim about his or her sexual identity. It does not cause or change a victim’s sexual orientation.

Fact: Most boys who are sexually abused do not react abusively to others.

Fact: Sexual abuse is about power, control and authority. The boy/adolescent does not deserve to be treated like a sexual object by anyone, whether male or female. Female-victimized males may be severely affected because of role reversal of gender stereotypes which put the female in the more powerful role.

  • Avoid blaming the survivor. Instead of asking the survivor questions about the assault, ask him, “What can I do to help you?”
  • LISTEN. Be there for the survivor.
  • BELIEVE the survivor when he tells you he has been assaulted.
  • Don’t take options away from the survivor. Don’t tell the survivor what he should do. Instead provide options (such as a law enforcement report, going to the hospital, going to counseling), then support the survivor’s choice of what HE wants to do.
  • Let the survivor set the pace for disclosure. Don’t pressure him into telling you more than he is ready to tell.
  • Remember, by simply saying, “I believe you,” and “How can I help you?” you are setting the stage for healing.