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Edition: Tue, August 02, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The terrorists and the opponents of the Iraqi government have tried everything they can to discourage you from joining and to discourage you from staying, but all of you have shown personal courage as well as the courage you receive from the other Iraqi security forces. We're proud to have our forces fighting at your side and there's no doubt in my mind but that you'll look back in five or ten years with great pride on what you've accomplished in this country. (Transcript)

Donald H. Rumsfeld, to the 1st Battalion, Iraqi Special Forces
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

ARMY SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PROGRAM

The Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SARP) Program has two key elements:

1. Victim advocacy
The victim advocacy component consists of a network of Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs), Installation Victim Advocates (IVAs), Unit Victim Advocates (UVAs), and deployable SARCs. Every Army installation has a SARC and a cadre of IVAs and UVAs to integrate the program.

2. Confidentiality
The confidentiality component establishes provisions for victims to choose either restricted or unrestricted reporting. Restricted reporting allows a sexual assault victim, on a confidential basis, to disclose the details of his/her assault to specifically identified individuals and receive medial treatment and counseling, without triggering the official investigative process.

Other supporting activities include:

- An Army Mobile Training Team (MTT) conducted UVA training in the United States, overseas installations, and with Central Command during April, May and June. This team trained over 1,300 UVAs and deployable SARCs.

- The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) continues to reduce DNA processing time to achieve the congressionally mandated time of 60 days. With additional DNA examiners and revised processes, the USACIL reduced its processing time from 142 days to 70 days in eight months.

- TRADOC developed Training Support Packages for all levels of Army Professional Military Education. This training began on Dec. 1, 2004 in all Army schools.

- The Army Medical Command published a major policy revision (MEDCOM Reg 40-36) which establishes Sexual Assault Care Coordinators and Sexual Assault Clinical Providers at every military treatment facility.

- The Army National Guard and Army Reserve continue to implement a modified SARP program. Each has begun hiring SARCs, appointing UVAs, and publishing reserve component specific guidance.

- Army G-1 is on track to field an initial operating capability of the Sexual Assault Data Management System (SADMS) by Sept. 30, 2005. SADMS will complement the Army's comprehensive SARP program by facilitating an integrated approach to data analysis and program assessment.

- All major response agencies (i.e. law enforcement, investigative services, medical, legal services, and chaplains) are implementing or revising training programs that deal with response to incidents and victims of sexual assault.

For more information visit the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Web site or the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Web site.

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