Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR)

Program Overview | For Males | LGBTQ Community

Sexual assault is a criminal act and will not be tolerated. The Marine Corps’s goal is to eliminate sexual assaults within the Corps and to assist those affected by sexual assault. (MCO 1752.5C)

The MCAS Cherry Point Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides 24/7 support and advocacy to all Marines, Sailors, and military dependents over 18. The program addresses the prevention of sexual assault through awareness, education, and training. We also ensure that all Marines who are victims of sexual assault are “treated with dignity, sensitivity, and without prejudice.” (MCO 1752.5C)

Program Overview

Restricted Reporting

If a person who has been assaulted wants to receive medical treatment and support services without triggering an official investigation, he or she can make a confidential report to any of the following individuals:

  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
  • Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA)
  • Civilian Victim Advocate
  • Healthcare Provider or Personnel
  • Chaplain
  • Victims Legal Counsel

When a Marine decides to make a restricted report, they may receive medical care (to include forensic evidence collection), counseling, Victim’s Legal Counsel (VLC), Chaplain support and SAPR VA support services without notifying their command or initiating a law enforcement investigation.  The Installation SARC (ISARC) will notify the Installation Commanding Officer of the restricted report of sexual assault without providing any identifying information about the victim.  A Marine who elects a restricted report can always change their report to unrestricted at any time.

Unrestricted Reporting

The unrestricted reporting option allows a Marine to receive medical treatment, counseling, and an official investigation of the crime. An unrestricted report of sexual assault can be made to the following individuals:

  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
  • Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA)
  • Civilian Victim Advocate
  • Health care provider or personnel
  • Chaplain
  • Chain of Command
  • Law enforcement
  • Victims Legal Counsel

Details of the incident will only be shared with personnel who have a legitimate need to know. This option allows the victim to request a Military Protective Order, Civilian Protective Order, or an Expedited Transfer and enables the Marine Corps to potentially hold the offender accountable.

For Males

Support for Men who have been sexually assaulted. You are NOT alone!

Sexual assault does happen to men and it is a time of confusion and emotional distress. This confusion and distress is one reason the majority of male survivors never come forward. This site is as a tool for survivors to find resources and take steps toward healing. The Department of Defense FY18 Report on Sexual Assaults highlights that of the estimated 20,500 sexual assaults involving service members, 0.7% or 7,500 men, confirm that they experienced some penetrative or contact sexual assault. 1 in 12 men who experienced sexual harassment also experienced sexual assault. Support is available. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you have been touched in a way that made you feel uncomfortable and would like to speak to a Victim Advocate, please call the MCAS Cherry Point 24/7 Sexual Assault Helpline at 252-665-4713.

There is no single reaction to being sexually assaulted. Some of the more common reactions include, but are not limited to:

Confusion about sexuality

  • Did this happen to me because I’m homosexual (if the survivor is a homosexual)?
  • “Does this make me homosexual (if the survivor is heterosexual)?”
  • “Will I be thought of as homosexual because I was assaulted (for both heterosexual survivors who are worried about the perception of their peers, and homosexuals who wish to keep their sexual orientation private)?”


  • “I should have stopped it.”
  • “I should have been able to defend myself.”


  • “I’m mad at who did this, which sometimes manifests to persons other than the attacker.

Myth #1: Boys and men can’t be victims.

Fact: One out of every 10 men is a victim of sexual assault, and 1 out of six boys will be sexually abused by age 18. Males are socialized to not be vulnerable and not identify themselves as victims.

Myth #2: Most sexual abuse of boys is perpetuated by gay males.

Fact: Some child molesters do have gender preferences, but the majority of child molesters who abuse boys do not identify themselves as homosexual or gay.

Myth #3: If a boy/man experiences sexual arousal or orgasm from abuse, this means he was a willing participant or enjoyed it.

Fact: Sexual arousal or orgasmic response does not mean that positive emotions or consent were involved. It simply means that the body reacted. The act of abuse assumes or disregards a victim’s feelings. A male can have an erection or an orgasm even when he is afraid.

Myth #4: Boys are less traumatized by the abuse experience than girls.

Fact: Males may be more traumatized by the abuse experience than girls because societal views often cause them to deny their victimization and deal with it on their own.

Myth #5: Boys abused by males are or will become homosexual.

Fact: Being abused confuses the victim about his or her sexual identity. It does not cause or change a victim’s sexual orientation.

Myth #6: Boys who are sexually abused go on to abuse others.

Fact: Most boys who are sexually abused do not react abusively to others.

Myth #7: If the perpetrator is female, the boy or adolescent should consider himself fortunate to have been initiated into heterosexual activity.

Fact: Sexual abuse is about power, control and authority. The boy/adolescent does not deserve to be treated like a sexual object by anyone, whether male or female. Female-victimized males may be severely affected because of role reversal of gender stereotypes which put the female in the more powerful role.

How can I help my friend or loved one if they have been touched in a way that makes him uncomfortable?

  • Avoid blaming the survivor. Instead of asking the survivor questions about the assault, ask him, “What can I do to help you?”
  • LISTEN. Be there for the survivor.
  • BELIEVE the survivor when he tells you he has been assaulted.
  • Don’t take options away from the survivor. Don’t tell the survivor what he should do. Instead provide options (such as a law enforcement report, going to the hospital, going to counseling), then support the survivor’s choice of what HE wants to do.
  • Let the survivor set the pace for disclosure. Don’t pressure him into telling you more than he is ready to tell.
  • Remember, by simply saying, “I believe you,” and “How can I help you?” you are setting the stage for healing.

LGBTQ Community

Sexual violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. LGBTQ people who have been sexually assaulted may have different challenges when accessing support and face unique barriers when seeking care and protection or disclosing a sexual assault. Some factors include not being believed, homophobia, transphobia, and questioning one’s identity, which increase the difficulties an LGBTQ+ survivor may encounter. According to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:

  • 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35% of heterosexual women
  • 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21% of straight men

The U.S. Transgender Survey from 2015 estimates that 47% of transgender people have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! A recent study found that LGBTQ service members face higher risks of sexual violence including harassment, assault and stalking while in the military than their non-LGBTQ colleagues. The Department of Defense Biennial Anonymous Survey from 2018 states that women and men who identified as LGB were approximately 2 and 9 times more likely to report sexual assault than their non‐LGB peers.

SAPR Support for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • We listen and believe.
  • We create an accepting and affirming environment while using language that mirrors your gender identity and sexual orientation without making assumptions on what gender you identify with, what your sexual preference is, and your preferred pronoun.
  • We do not ask for sexually explicit details.
  • We listen and believe.

DoD Safe Helpline

(Confidential support for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community)

Local Resources

MCCS Cherry Point 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line

Marine & Family Programs
Bldg. 232

Military Medical Treatment Facility Emergency Room
Naval Clinic Cherry Point (252) 466-0266
Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (910) 450-4300

Civilian Treatment Facility Emergency Room
Carolina East Medical Facility (252) 633-8111
Carteret General Hospital (252) 808- 6000

Bldg. 294
252-466-5123 (PMO Desk Sgt. 24/7)

Bldg. 1699 2nd Floor

Installation Legal Center
Bldg. 219
Victim’s Legal Counsel (252) 466-5649

Local Civilian Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Promise Place (Craven County Rape Crisis) (252) 636-3381
Carteret County Rape Crisis Program (252) 725-4040