HomePrograms & BenefitsResilience, Risk Reduction, & Suicide PreventionSexual Assault Prevention and Response

Purpose and Scope

The National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforce the Guard’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault. This policy focuses on education, prevention, integrated victim support, rapid reporting, thorough investigation, appropriate action, and follow-up. The National Guard promotes sensitive care for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

Victim Advocates (VA) serve at the Battalion and Brigade level. Each battalion has two VA’s and each Brigade had one VA.

VA’s:

  • Facilitate the choices of a victim

  • Engage victim in healing, interpersonal process

  • Help victim use whatever internal and external resources are available

  • Provide support, empowerment, and education

  • Crisis intervention, NOT a clinical intervention or a treatment of an illness

  • Notify SARC of Sexual Assault occurrences

  • Maintain confidentiality


What to Do in the Case of a Sexual Assault:

  • Get to a safe location. Do not shower, change clothes, brush your teeth, or wash your hands.

  • If severely injured: For Non-restricted option call 911 and a SARC/ For Restricted option contact a SARC.

  • Ensure you have a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (S.A.F.E.) conducted.

Resources

DoD Safe Helpline
www.SafeHelpline.org

Live Online Help: click here
Phone: 877-955-5247
Text* 55-247 (Inside the U.S.)
202-470-5546 (Outside the U.S.)

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands:
803-771-RAPE (7273) Richland & Lexington County
800-491-RAPE (7273)Newberry & Sumter County

Julie Valentine Center for Sexual Assault Recovery
Greenville, SC 24/7 Hotline 864-467-3633

People Against Rape, Charleston, SC
24 Hour Line 800-241-RAPE (7273)

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN):
1-800-656-4673

Links:

Contact

WING Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
Program Manager

Rachel J. Phillips
Office: 803.206.3241

JFHQ - Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
Leslie Krause
Office: 803.727.2413 

Victim Advocate Coordinator (VAC)
Jill Williams
Office: 803.299.1312