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U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC)

Department of Navy Expands Support Services for Sexual Harassment

by Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
26 June 2023

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro signed a new policy, June 9, expanding available support services for victims of sexual harassment. 

Effective immediately, uniformed military personnel who experience sexual harassment are eligible to receive the range of support options available to victims of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program. The new policy implements requirements of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act and Independent Review Commission recommendations. 

“This policy reflects the Department’s commitment to creating a culture of dignity and respect, and strengthening victim support services,” said Secretary Del Toro. “We take victims’ experiences seriously, and we are committed to creating an environment where victims of sexual harassment are heard, validated, and feel safe to report their experience and receive supportive services.”

Victims of sexual harassment now have the option to receive crisis intervention, safety assessments, counseling resources, victim advocacy support and to discuss reporting options with SAPR personnel. 

“Preventing sexual harassment within an organization requires a comprehensive and multifaceted approach,” said Andrea N. Goldstein, acting director, DON Office of Force Resiliency. “We will continue to implement policies and procedures that clearly define sexual harassment, improve victim response, and educate members on the importance of bystander intervention, to reduce the likelihood of sexual harassment occurring.”

The policy clarifies that while victims of sexual harassment may receive victim support services from SAPR Program Office, the Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) Program will continue to process and track military sexual harassment complaints. Additionally, in accordance with the DON No Wrong Door policy, a victim of sexual harassment may contact any victim care and support office to receive services or, with the victim’s permission, receive a warm hand-off to the appropriate service provider.

In guidance on 14 September 2022, the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness directed the Secretaries of the Military Departments to develop an execution strategy to make sexual harassment victims eligible for sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) services. The policy applies to all victims of sexual harassment who are uniformed Service members within the DON, specifically: Active and Reserve Components to include cadets and midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), as well as the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |   DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact US
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