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"Sexual assault and sexual harassment violate everything we stand for as Soldiers. It is our responsibility as One Army to take care of one another and not tolerate these violations."
– Gen. James C. McConville
Army Chief of Staff
Our mission is to enhance military readiness through the prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and associated retaliatory behaviors while providing comprehensive response capabilities.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the military's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Defense Department policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for survivors of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.
Call the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator if you're interested in becoming a Victim Advocate or to discuss resources available to survivors, including those listed below.
A cadre of nationally credentialed unit Victim Advocate and volunteer Victim Advocates who will help survivors navigate the reporting and investigation processes, give updates and follow up on information as available, and offer or determine other resource referral options that may benefit survivors.
A report option that enables access to healthcare and advocacy support without requiring an investigation.
24/7 support available through the DOD Safe Hotline: Call 1-877-995-5247 or text 55247.
Professional Special victims Counsel and Victims Legal Counsel who provide survivors with legal representation, support in exercising their legal rights and help while navigating the military justice system.
Support and protection for individuals who experience retaliation after reporting.
Call the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or Victim Advocate Coordinator to to discuss Company, Battalion, or Brigade specific needs. The SARC and/or VAC will work with you to build education and/or offer resources specific to your needs.
The SARC and VAC can come to your unit to deliver annual SHARP training when it works for you.
The SARC and VAC are available 24/7 to answer questions or discuss situations that you may be seeing or hearing about. Call them for anything.
Victim Advocates are credentialed through the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Every one of the advocates in our state has gone through local and national level screenings. After the screenings are completed the advocates attend an initial training for their respective branches. Once they’re credentialed they receive 32 continuing education hours through their two-year credential period. This means our advocates are trained and educated on how to help and how to stay relevant with changing policies, social norms, and practices.
Sexual assault is a crime. A sexual assault has occurred if consent has not been given by one person.
Sexual assault is defined as: Sexual contact accomplished by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when a victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual offenses specific to the Uniform Code of Military Justice include: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy, or attempts to commit any of these acts. Specific sexual offenses outlined in Vermont Statutes 13 V.S.A. 3252 (Sexual Assault) and 13 V.S.A. 3253 (Aggravated Sexual Assault) include: rape, date rape, statutory rape and aggravated sexual assault.
Consent is a "yes," not the lack of a "no."
Consent is defined as: A freely given agreement or communication issued between a competent person to engage in a sexual activity. Consent is not automatic. Even if there was a prior sexual relationship, there is no automatic permission to have sex with that person again.
Restricted Report: Allows a service members, dependent 18 years of age and older, or Defense Department civilian employee, to disclose that they are the victim of sexual assault to specified officials on a requested confidential basis. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provided to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, health care personnel, or a victim advocate will not be reported to law enforcement to initiate an official investigation unless the victim consents or an established exception is exercised under DOD Directive 6495.01, Sexual Prevention and Response Program.
Read more at SAPR.mil
Unrestricted Report: A service member can disclose, without requesting confidentiality or restricted reporting, that they have been the victim of sexual assault. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provided to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, health care personnel, a victim advocate, command authorities, or other persons are reported to law enforcement and may be used to initiate the official investigative process.
Military Rule of Evidence 514 provides Airmen confidentiality and privileged communication with a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or victim advocate.
Conversations made on behalf of a survivor to a SARC or victim advocate for the purpose of facilitating advice or supportive assistance and those not intended to be disclosed to a third party are protected, similar to the communication between a patient and a mental health professional.
24-hour DOD Safe Helpline Hotline
24-hour Vermont Sexual Assault Hotline
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Nikki Sorrell (she/her)
Serena Furnari (she/her)
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Calls
ARNG Victim Advocate Coordinator
Natasha Teston (she/her)
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Calls
Only the sexual assault response coordinator or a victim advocate can accept an official restricted report. However, you can also disclose that you have been sexually assaulted to a chaplain, health care professional, or the director of psychological health without automatically initiating an unrestricted report.
An independent investigation can arise from third party disclosures. Commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, Air Force and Army instructors, law enforcement officers, and Military OneSource are all mandatory reporting agencies and must report.
Victim Reporting Options Guide (SAPR.mil)
The Vermont Network
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
DOD Safe Helpline
- Safe Helpline App
- Search for Help Near You