Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention, Help

Story Number: NNS180402-03Release Date: 4/2/2018 11:13:00 AM
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By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Both military and civilian communities recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. For the Department of Defense, this year's theme is "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission."

According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 67 men report experiencing rape (sexual violence) at some time in their lives.

"It's everyone's responsibility to combat and eliminate sexual assault," said Capt. Matthew Case, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commanding officer.

NH Jacksonville provides medical forensic exam services 24/7 at its hospital. The medical forensic exam incorporates the collection of potential forensic specimens into the medical exam process. Specialized training is required for those who provide or assist with the exams.

Service members and their adult military dependents who are victims of sexual assault have two reporting options: unrestricted and restricted.
Unrestricted cases are reported to both the command and law enforcement.
Restricted (confidential) reports allow adult victims access to health care, advocacy services, and legal services without notifying the command or law enforcement. Military retiree, Department of Defense civilian, and DoD contractor victims currently may use only unrestricted reporting.

Active bystander intervention can help prevent sexual assault.

An active bystander identifies situations that might lead to a sexual assault, and then safely intervenes to prevent an assault from occurring. The three components to active bystander intervention are: recognize when to intervene, consider whether the situation needs attention, and decide if there is a responsibility to act.

The Navy offers 24-hour response capability to victims of sexual assault regardless of location - ashore, afloat, or deployed - to ensure timely access to services.

Anyone in immediate danger in the U.S. should call 911. For those who have experienced a sexual assault, call the 24/7 toll-free DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247, Naval Air Station Jacksonville sexual assault response coordinator (SARC) at 904-548-7789, Naval Station Mayport SARC at 904-548-8392, or command sexual assault prevention and response victim advocate. Defense Switched Network (DSN) users can dial 94 plus the 10-digit toll-free number, call 202-540-5962 or use the Safe Helpline App - which offers Voice over IP technology.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville's priority, since its founding in 1941, is to heal the nation's heroes and their families. The command is the Navy's third largest medical treatment facility, comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population - 163,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, guardsmen, and their families - about 84,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities.

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville SAAPM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 7, 2018) Naval Hospital Jacksonville™s Lt. Cmdr. Kristina Polk, emergency medicine physician, and Terri Augspurger, sexual assault medical forensic exam program manager, discuss treatment for survivors of sexual assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. DOD observes SAAPM by focusing on creating the appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault and requiring a personal commitment from all Service members at every level. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).
April 2, 2018
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