NEWS | Sept. 22, 2015

Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) provides assistance

By Navy SAPR Program

The Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) Program provides the survivor of a military sexual offense with a dedicated attorney. Legal counsel helps the victim understand the investigation and military justice process, guard their legal rights and interests and obtain additional support in accessing resources that may assist in their recovery. This attorney is provided to Navy service members and other eligible victims of sexual offenses at Navy expense.

The VLC complements the care and support victims already receive through Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates and Family Advocacy Programs. These supporting organizations provide legal counsel and advice on sexual offense reporting options as well as legal support during the investigation and disciplinary processing of those reports. Navy victims of a sexual offense have an opportunity to discuss their concerns with someone who represents only their interests. The representative ensures the victims are prepared to participate more comfortably and effectively in the investigation and processing of their cases.

VLC services are available to those who have filed an unrestricted report, restricted report and those who have not yet elected a reporting option. Please be reminded that all Judge Advocate General officers are not members of the Victims' Legal Counsel and reporting a sexual assault to such a JAG may result in an Unrestricted Report.