1ST MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP
Commanding General's Sexual Assault Policy Statement
Sexual Assault is a crime that impacts not only the United States Marine Corps but our society as a whole. Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. This crime is not restricted by gender, age, or rank.
Preventing Sexual Assault is not an option but the responsibility of every member within the Marine Corps and within the command. Prevention is a team effort, and by taking a stand and saying something, you are protecting each other as well as our Mission. Sexual Assault should not be dismissed as “not our business” when someone is in need of help. It goes against everything we claim to be and tarnishes the honor and sacrifices so many before us have made to defend this country. It is important that every Marine and Sailor is aware of the damaging effects of sexual assault on individuals and mission readiness. I need your dedication to eliminating this terrible offense from within our ranks. Working together, I know we can extinguish sexual assault from the Marine Corps.
Full participation with leadership is our greatest weapon in the fight against sexual assault. Leaders at all levels are charged to diligently study and embrace MCO 1752.5B and GruO 1750.1, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program. Commanders will appoint, at a minimum, one Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) per regiment and two SAPR Victim Advocates (VA) per battalion. When a sexual assault occurs, commanders shall utilize the resources available through the SAPR VAs and SARCs to respond effectively.
Victim safety and privacy are paramount at all times. Victims are to receive appropriate medical, emotional, psychological, and social services in a timely, professional manner. No one should ever be given cause to doubt the Corps’ commitment to ensuring all are treated with the utmost dignity, sensitivity, and respect while receiving the appropriate medical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual assistance. Victims who elect to make an unrestricted report of sexual assault will only have their identity released to those with a need-to-know. Victims who elect to file a restricted report will have their privacy honored to the utmost extent possible while receiving the appropriate care requested.
I want every member of the 1st Marine Logistics Group to know my commitment to fostering an environment free from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexist behavior, all of which erode our institution and destroy faith and trust. Mission accomplishment is reliant upon your devotion to this issue. Only with your help can we keep our honor clean and continue to perform our duties as the Nation’s premier force in readiness.
To report a sexual assault or speak with a Victim Advocate, call the 24/7 MCBCP Helpline at (760) 500-1707 or the DoD Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247.
S. D. SKLENKA
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group