#BEtheCHANGE Join the movement.
#BEtheCHANGE is a movement by Marines, Sailors, Camp Lejeune and New River support staff, and community partners that want to dismantle the barriers to reporting sexual assault by ending the stigma behind the issue.
A survivor of sexual assault does not need to go through the process alone. There is a network of support available for you to ensure that you are able to make an informed decision about reporting and find resources for the types of support you seek.
How can I report a sexual assault?
For US military service members and their dependents over 18, there are two options to report a sexual assault:Unrestricted
What resources exist for me?
Available for all survivors (please click on resource for more info):
Resources ONLY Available for an Unrestricted Report
With an unrestricted report, a survivor has the support from their command, the opportunity to request protective orders, and can be moved from their barracks, unit, or even installation for their safety and comfort. Here are some of the resources available:
Tips for Supporters
Supporting those who have gone through sexual assault.
Start by believing.
Ask questions to assess their safety, and they will tell you any additional details as they are comfortable. Statements like
I believe you and
It's not your fault can make all the difference.
It can be overwhelming to hear that a loved one has experienced a sexual assault and it can be easy to want to change the topic. Give them the space to talk and give them advice only if and when it's asked.More Tips
In order to see a change in how our society views sexual assaults and responds to victims, we ALL have to do our part. Even something as minor as speaking up when inappropriate sexual comments are made or providing a victim with the information for local resources can make a difference. When something doesn't seem right, say something. Together, we can all be the change.
Part of being a Marine 24/7 is having the courage to take a stand and actively prevent sexual violence. If you are witnessing sexually aggressive behavior, there are actions that you can take to stop it.Learn more
Ask for consent
Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact when the victim does not or cannot consent. But what is consent?Learn more
Changing the culture around sexual assault involves believing and supporting survivors when they come forward about sexual assault.Learn more
I pledge to:
Believe and support survivors when they come forward about sexual assault.
Respect my partners by asking for consent every time for each sexual act.
Protect my community from violence using bystander intervention.
Speak out against violence and speak up about respect.