NEWS | March 9, 2011

Sexual Assault prevention

By Tiffany Minaudo, Naval Support Activity SARC

Courtesy of Department of Defense Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one advice, support and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is anonymous, secure and available 24/7 - providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere. Victims and users will have three ways to get support - CLICK, CALL and TEXT.

· CLICK: The Online Helpline provides live, confidential help through a secure instant-messaging format at www.SafeHelpline.org. The website also provides vital information about recovering from and reporting sexual assault.

· CALL: Victims who prefer to get help by phone can call 877-995-5247 to speak with Safe Helpline staff for personalized advice and support. Safe Helpline staff can also transfer callers to installation or base Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, civilian rape crisis centers or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

· TEXT: Just text your zip code or installation or base name to 55-247 (inside the U.S.) or 202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.) and we'll text back contact information for the SARC on your installation or base

The DoD Safe Helpline is a must needed anonymous and confidential resource for victims and their family members. The website is easy to use and has all the necessary resources for a user in crisis. Joint Base Charleston-WS SAPR program continues to maintain our 24/7 number: 843-478-8615.

For more information about the SAPR program visit: www.sapr.mil, www.donsapro.navy.mil or www.cnic.navy.mil. If you are interested in volunteering and becoming a SAPR Victim Advocate please contact: Tiffany Minaudo, NSA SARC, Naval Support Activity, Bldg. 84, 764-7428 or tiffany.minaudo.ctr@navy.mil or Lucy Rodriguez, Joint Base Charleston - Air Base SARC at 963-7272