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who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or assault can turn
to Fort McCoy’s Victim Advocate Coordinator (VAC)/ Sexual Assault
Response Coordinator (SARC) for assistance.
Carmichael, installation VAC/SARC, said the Army is ready to support
increased efforts to combat the crime, which include adding
prosecutors, rearranging its criminal investigative unit and stepping
up training to change behavior.
Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Sexual Assault Prevention and
Response Program (SAPRP) offers many training opportunities, Unit
Victim Advocate (UVA) support personnel, and assistance to navigate
the processes involved in seeking help for sexual harassment/assault
and/or reporting the crime, Carmichael said.
can contact a UVA or me and we will get the process started,"
Carmichael said. "They have a restricted reporting option, which
allows them to confidentially report the incident and receive needed
treatment and counseling services."
"This crime is about power and control and has no
boundaries. Everyone has a right to say 'no' absolutely."
Fort McCoy Victim Advocate Coordinator/
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
option does not lead to an investigation of the incident. Carmichael
said the process does preserve all the evidence of an incident for up
to one year, so a victim may decide at a later date to request an
investigation, which may lead to charges being filed.
Soldiers are covered by the TRICARE healthcare program, treatment is
referred to Franciscan-Skemp Healthcare of La Crosse, which is the
nearest contracted agency that provides this specialized service.
team of professionals make up a Sexual Assault Review Board that meets
monthly to review the program and assure the highest quality services
are being offered. Within 45 days of gaining a command, commanders are
required to receive a briefing on the SAPRP. In response to that
requirement and also the requirement for new commanders to receive a
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) briefing, a new commanders and senior
staff briefing on both the Army SAPRP and Army FAP is held the fourth
Wednesday of each month from 9-11:30 a.m. at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave.
receive an initial eight hours of training and then must take an
annual 40-hour sexual assault prevention and response course. For the
third consecutive year the ACS SAPRP will host a joint forces 40-hour
training from April 27-May 1 at the Wisconsin Military Academy.
staff a 24-7 crisis line at Fort McCoy, which can be reached by
calling 414-238-1676. They can provide support to victims, including
accompanying them to medical appointments/treatments.
said she also provides briefings to mobilizing and demobilizing
Soldiers, Soldiers participating in extended combat training, and to
personnel with first responder duties, such as law enforcement,
medical, chaplain, legal and criminal investigation division
many people think of sexual harassment/assault occurring as a male
committing an act against a female, the incident can include both
parties being male or female as well as a female instigating an act
against a male," Carmichael said.
majority of personnel who are assaulted know their perpetrators.
crime is about power and control and has no boundaries,"
has a right to say ‘no,’ absolutely."
more information about the topic or training in the Fort McCoy
community, call Carmichael at 608-387-2918.
information about the program in the Fort McCoy community also is
available through the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
or at http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/Sexual%20Assault.htm.