Commentary

May 2, 2014

My friend has been assaulted, what do I do?

SAPRO-seal
If a friend has been assaulted, there are several things you can do to help. Ensure your friend is at a safe location away from the perpetrator. If not, take him or her to a safe place. If there is an immediate threat to the victim’s safety, contact military law enforcement or local police immediately. Work with law enforcement to protect the victim from the perpetrator and others acting on the perpetrators behalf. Ask your friend if they would like to seek medical care. If the victim requires emergency medical care, call 911 or your installation’s emergency medical care services.

If the victim requires less than emergency care, help them get to a medical provider as soon as possible. Encourage your friend to report the incident to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Victim Advocate (VA); SARCs and VA’s are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at every installation. You may also contact a SARC for information.

Fort Irwin SHARP Hotline: (760) 401-3074

Victim Advocates can inform the victim of the medical, legal and spiritual resources available, both on and off post. They can also help arrange for these services and a sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) if the victim so desires.

Other than safety and health related questions, try to refrain from asking your friend for details about the incident. Show interest in what the victim says and ask what you can do to help them. Military and Family members (18 or older) have an option about how to report the crime. Unrestricted reports allow the victim to participate in the military criminal justice process. Restricted reports are kept confidential and command and law enforcement are not notified

Note: However, when the victim reports the crime to someone in the chain of command, a restricted report may no longer be an option.

Restricted Report: This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals without triggering an official investigation. Report to: SARC/VA, healthcare provider, chaplain, or Special Victim Counsel. Command will not be in-formed of the incident.

Unrestricted Report: This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire an official investigation of crime. Report to: SARC/VA, Healthcare Provider, Chaplain, Special Victim Counsel, Chain of Command, or Law Enforcement.

(Editor’s note: The above article was reprinted from a quarterly newsletter (volume 1, issue 2, dated May 1, 2014) from the NTC Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.)




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Leslie Ozawa

New commander for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Irwin

Leslie Ozawa United States Army Garrison Fort Irwin Commander Col. G. Scott Taylor (left) receives a guidon from Thomas Schoenbeck, director of Central Region for Installation Management Command, during a change of command cere...
 
 
Tarah_and_EricHipple

Army observes Suicide Awareness Month in September

Fort Irwin to host motivational speakers In support of the nation’s observance of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7 -13, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, the United States Army focuses on a campaign about the import...
 
 
Photo courtesy of VVTA

Your bus ride just got better

Photo courtesy of VVTA The Victor Valley Transit Authority has acquired five new “luxury coaches” which will be used on the commuter routes between Hesperia, Victorville, Silver Lakes, Barstow and Fort Irwin in mid-August. ...
 

 
11th ACR

Bringing connectivity to GCSS-A in the field

11th ACR Staff Sgt. Don Nottingham from Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry sets up the Very Small Aperture Terminal here, March 17. During a field training exercise March 16 to 18, here, Mainte...
 
 
Jason Miller

Commissary awards scholarship

Jason Miller From left: Stephen MacAfee, S & K Sales associate; Qahir Abdur-Rahman, Fort Irwin Commissary store director; Alex Nguyen, scholarship recipient; Michele Nguyen, Alex’s mom and; Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Nguyen...
 
 

Get a refund for gasoline taxes

The California gasoline tax refund could save you hundreds of dollars every year. In order to maintain California’s many highways, the state taxes every gallon of fuel that you put into your car (even gas purchased on post). This is reasonable, because we all know what it is like to drive on poorly maintained roads,...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>