Absent Without Official Leave

Unauthorized absence or denied request to leave, employee still needs to be present (


Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a personŐs immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers. Before the development of certain medications, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Currently, people can live much longer - even decades - with HIV before they develop AIDS.


Adult Protective Services

Department within each state responsible for investigating the abuse and neglect of elderly or disabled adults (Texas APS)


Advanced Individual Training

Specific training and field instruction that is completed after Basic Combat Training (


Air Education and Training Command

Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas, was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. AETC's role makes it the first command to touch the life of almost every Air Force member


Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Air Force military police force.  Their mission is to Identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. Government.


Air Force Personnel Center

Headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is a field operating agency of Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel. The center has responsibility for managing personnel programs and carrying out policies affecting Air Force active-duty and civilian members.


Air Force Reserve Command

Reserve force for the U.S. Air force providing approximately 20% of its capability and governed by the Federal Government.  This group also monitors hurricanes for the National Weather Service and does fixed aerial spraying for mosquitoes after natural disasters.


Air National Guard

Reserve force for the U.S. Air Force governed and owned by individual states


Area of Responsibility

Area which a combatant commander is responsible for conducting operations (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Army Combat Uniform

Fatigues or BDU's. Uniform printed with digital camouflage


Army Medical Command

Group of Army healthcare people. Their three-star commander is also Army surgeon general (


Article 32

The U.S. Military's formal investigation to determine the accuracy of charges and to recommend a course of action regarding the case in the interest of justice and discipline.  Similar to a preliminary hearing.


As Soon As Possible



Attorney General

Head of the Department of Justice, chief law enforcement officer, provides general legal advice to the executive department (


Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

Quarters on base where unmarried enlisted soldiers live.


Bachelor Officer Quarters

Quarters on base where unmarried officers live


Basic Combat Training

First training soldiers go through upon enlistment, usually 9 weeks long (


Battle Dress Uniform

Fatigues or Army Combat Uniform.  Uniform with digital printed camouflage.



In the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, a battalion is a unit composed of a headquarters and two or more batteries, companies or troops. They are normally identified by ordinal numbers (1st Battalion, 2nd Squadron, etc.) and normally have subordinate units that are identified by single letters (Battery A, Company B, Troop C, etc.). Battalions are tactical and administrative organizations with a limited capability to plan and conduct independent operations and are normally organic components of brigades, groups, or regiments.


Certified Health Education Specialist

Certified Health Education Specialists are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. These activities can take place in a variety of settings: schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses and colleges. Health educators are employed under a range of job titles such as patient educators, health education teachers, trainers, community organizers and health program managers.


Civilian Personnel Center

Center responsible for managing civilian personnel on military installations or within the DoD


Charge of Quarters

CQ (Charge of Quarters) CQ shifts rotate throughout the entire company, with just two Soldier's, 1 Non Commissioned Officer (NCO-E-5 and above) and 1 lower enlisted (E-4 and below) from the company per shift. CQ usually lasts 24 hours/Regular Duty Station. 12 hours for Basic/AIT. The Charge of Quarters is the responsibility of the NCO, and the lower enlisted is the runner, meaning that they perform tasks for the CQ.  The NCO and the runner, both may perform certain duties during their shift, ex: cleaning common areas, restrooms, and various other tasks. But they are usually tasked with answering the phone at the CQ desk, and doing random barracks checks.


Child Protective Services

State-run agencies that investigate children and families of abuse and neglect and aim to prevent future abuse (


Child Sexual Assault or Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual activity between a child and an adult, including both physical and non-contact actions (


Close of Business

End of the official business/work day


Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)

Smallest of the five U.S. service academies.  Students undergo officer training as well as a Bachelor's Degree education and agree to a 5-year commitment once graduated.


Collateral Misconduct

Misconduct by the victim of a sexual assault


Combined DNA Index System

Computer program that maintains DNA records at the local, state, and national levels of convicted and missing persons (


Commanding Officer

Commander. An officer who occupies a position of command authorized by appointment or by assumption of command


Command Managed Equal Opportunity (NAVY)

Naval program that uses the chain of command to identify and resolve equal opportunity issues.  This program goal is for positive morale, where personnel perform fully without being limited by biases ( race, religion, sex). (


Community Based Organization

Civilian nonprofit organizations that function within a local community


Community Planning Group

The official HIV prevention planning body that follows the HIV Prevention Community Planning Guidance to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention plan for a project area. (CDC)


Confidential Reporting

Restricted reporting that allows a Service Member to report or disclose to specified officials that they has been a victim of sexual assault.  Gives access to medical care, counseling, and victim advocacy without requiring those officials t automatically report the matter to law enforcement or initiate an official investigation.  This is not the same as privileged information.


Continental United States

US territory between Canada and Mexico, including territorial waters (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Coordinated Community Response

An intervention strategy that helps to ensure that the system works faster and better for victims, that victims are protected and receive the services they need, and that batterers are held accountable and cease their abusive behavior through coordination of resources and message between service providers, medical care and law enforcement.


Council on Governments

Association of local governments that work on regional issues together (



Military trial courts


Convening Authority

The Commanding Officer (CO) authorized by the UCMJ to convene courts-martial or bring cases to courts they have convened and to take final action on the case.


Covered Communications

Oral, written or electronic communications of personally identifiable information concerning a sexual assault victim or alleged assailant provided by the victim to the SARC/VA or healthcare provider.  This is not the same as privileged communication.


Criminal Investigation Division - US Army

Organization responsible for conducting investigations in which the US Army may be a party of interest (



Perpetrator. The person identified as the alleged attacker.


Defense Case Record Management System

A department-wide data system, developed in coordination with Military Services, to document support services requested by or referred for victims, standardized data on sexual assault incidents for trends and record data on restricted reports for sexual assault.  Assists SARCs to manage the SAPR Program and meet reporting requirements, including restricted reports, victim support services.


Defense Incident Based Reporting System

A database system for the central storage of statistical information on criminal and high interest incidents within the Department of Defense.  These incidents include situations where the military has exclusive jurisdiction or if they share jurisdiction where they coordinate with civilian law enforcement authorities.  This system requirement meets uniform Federal crime reporting requirements, statutory requirements and enables the DoD to provide responses to internal and external response requests for statistical data on criminal incidents.


Deoxyribonucleic Acid

Hereditary material in humans (NIH)


Department of the Air Force

Department within the Department of Defense which oversees the operations of the US Air Force (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Department of the Army

Department within the Department of Defense which oversees all U.S. Army functions.


Department of Defense

Executive Department governing all branches of the U.S. Military


Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cyber security analyst to chemical facility inspector.  DHS houses the US Coast Guard.


Department of the Navy

Department within the Department of Defense which oversees the entire operating forces of the U.S Navy, Marine Corps, and sometimes the Coast Guard (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Department of Veterans' Affairs

Department which assists veterans with medical care, including medical centers, surgical procedures, rehabilitation services, and benefits to veterans, their spouses and dependents.  They are also responsible for the National Cemetery System. (


Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness (NAVY)

Department in the Navy which aims to fight and prevent individual and command alcohol and drug abuse (


Direct Services Supervisor

Civilian position that provides services to service members transitioning to civilian life. 


Directive - Type Memorandum

A memorandum issued by the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, or Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Principal Staff Assistants (PSAs) that, because of time constraints, cannot be published in the DoD Directives System. Directive-type memoranda signed by PSAs are procedural in nature. They implement policy documents, such as DoD Directives, Federal laws, and Executive orders. Directive-type memoranda signed by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense are policy-making documents. A directive-type memorandum shall be converted into a DoD Directive or DoD Instruction within 180 days, unless the subject is classified with limited distribution or is material of limited or temporary relevance.  A copy of the signed memorandum shall be forwarded to the Director, Executive Services and Communications Directorate, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS)


Dissociative Identity Disorder

According to the DSM-IV,  DID is  1. The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).  2. At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior. 3. Inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. 4. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures). NOTE: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.


Domestic Violence

Abusive behavior in a relationship that allows one person to gain control over their intimate partner.  It can be sexual, physical, psychological, emotional, or economic (


Emergency Contraception

Used after sex when birth control was not used or failed, meant to prevent pregnancy (


Equal Employment Opportunity

A job applicant or employee should not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information (


Equal Opportunity

Policy stating that military branches will provide equal opportunity and fair treatment of military personnel, family members and DoD civilians without regard to race, color, religion, gender or National Origin and provide an environment free of sexual harassment


Equal Opportunity Representative

Individual who will receive training to enable them to serve office management, as well as, have the ability to identify problems concerning equal opportunity


Executive Officer

The XO is typically responsible for the management of day-to-day activities, such as maintenance and logistics, freeing the unit commander to concentrate on tactical planning and execution. The XO also takes charge in the absence of the CO.


Family Advocacy Program

Program under the FFSP that provides intervention and treatment for military members and their families involved with child or domestic abuse (


Family Advocacy Program Manager

Manager of the Family Advocacy Program


Family Advocacy Representative- US Navy



Fleet and Family Support Center

Center that focuses on providing Navy families the Fleet and Family Support Program (


Fleet and Family Support Program

Naval program that provides services, including counseling, employment, personal finances, deployment readiness, so Navy families can meet the challenges of military life (


Forensic Evidence Storage Number

Number assigned to all sets of forensic evidence in lieu of the victim's name


Freedom of Information Act

Act which requires federal agencies to disclose records to those who request it in writing (


Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (drug used to facilitate sexual assault)

Pure GHB is commonly sold as a clear, odorless liquid or white crystalline powder. Because it is made in home labs, the effects are often unpredictable. Once ingested, GHB takes effect in approximately 15 minutes and can last 3-4 hours. Common effects are Sedation of the body, Intense drowsiness, Hampered mobility, Verbal incoherence, Slowed heart rate, Nausea/aspiration on own vomit, Headache, Respiratory failure, Unconsciousness, Seizure-like activity, Coma, death


Gender Based Violence

Violent acts performed against women, namely sexual acts that go unreported or treated (WHO)


General Counsel

Chief lawyer for each branch of the military, provides most of the legal counseling for each department (,


Geographic Information System

Program that uses hardware, software, and data to display all forms of geographic information. The military uses it for terrain analysis and mission planning. (


Government Issue

Term often used by soldiers to refer to themselves


Group Level Intervention




Location where most if not all-important functions are coordinated.  Military headquarters take many forms depending on the size and nature of the unit or formation they command. Typically, they are split into the forward, main and rear components


Health Care Provider

Individual who is employed or assigned as a healthcare professional or is credentialed to provide healthcare services at a military medical or dental treatment facility or who provides such care at a deployed location or in an official capacity.  This term includes military personnel, DoD civilian employees and DoD contractors who provide healthcare at an occupational health clinic for DoD civilian employees or DoD contractor personnel.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. HIV damages a personŐs body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases.


Human Maintenance Organization

A type of managed care organization (MCO) that provides a form of health care coverage in the United States that is fulfilled through hospitals, doctors, and other providers with which the HMO has a contract.


Human Papillomavirus

Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.


In Accordance With



Inspector General

Head of the Depart of Health and Human Services (


Installation Commanders

Person responsible for all activities performed by an installation, which is a grouping of facilities that support a specific function. (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Installation Victim Advocate

Someone who can be contacted when a person in the military or someone they know has been sexually assaulted, provide advocacy services (


Intimate Partner Violence

Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a partner or spouse (CDC)


Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Joint Chiefs of Staff consist of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.   Their mission is to oversee the unified strategic direction of the combatant forces; their operation under unified command; and for their integration into an efficient team of land, naval, and air forces.


Joint Task Force- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Single point of accountability for sexual assault policy within the Department of Defense


Judge Advocate

military legal counsel


Judge Advocate General (legal office)

Chief Military Legal Advisor who is a two-star General.  Usually JAG refers to the Judge Advocate General's Corps.


Legal Assistance Attorney/Officer

Officer available to give non-criminal, free legal advice to active-duty Service Members.  Can counsel victims in regards to military codes, infractions etc.


Line of Duty Investigation

A LOD investigation is generally conducted whenever a soldier acquires a disease incurs a significant injury or is injured under unusual circumstances. There is a presumption that all diseases, injuries or deaths occur "in the line of duty - not due to own misconduct." A LOD investigation helps determine a soldier's entitlement to pay and allowances, accrual of service and leave time and, in some cases, disability retirement. A soldier receives these benefits only if the final determination is "in line of duty - not due to own misconduct."


Local Education Agency

A school district


Manual for Court Martial

One of the two major authorities that govern the US Military justice system (Library of Congress)


Medical Treatment Facility

Facility that provides medical or dental care (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Memorandum of Agreement

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) or cooperative agreement is a document written between parties to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon project or meet an agreed upon objective. The purpose of an MOA is to have a written understanding of the agreement between parties. The MOA can also be a legal document that is binding and hold the parties responsible to their commitment or just a partnership agreement.


Memorandum of Understanding

A memorandum of understanding (MOU or MoU) is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in situations where the parties cannot create a legally enforceable agreement.


Merchant Marine Academy (King's Point, NY)

One of five U.S. Service academies.  The USMMA trains maritime professionals.  Unlike with other service academies, graduates can commit to either reserve duty or active duty military careers.


Military Academy (West Point, NY)

One of five U.S. service academies.  USMA trains future Army officers, each graduate becomes a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army


Military Chaplain

Chaplain that ministers to all the branches of the armed forces and the Department of Veterans Affairs.   They support the spiritual freedom of military members. (


Military Criminal Investigative Organization

The United States Army Criminal Investigative Command, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and Air Force Office of Special Investigations


Military Entrance Processing Station

Process each applicant for military enlistment must go through to make sure they meet the mental, moral and medical standards established by the DOD (


Military Occupational Specialty

A nine character code used in the United States Army and United States Marines to identify a specific job. In the U.S. Air Force, a system of Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) is used. In the United States Navy, a system of naval ratings and designators is used along with Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system


Military Police

Uniformed law enforcement that enforces. Military police are trained to provide area security, usually by vehicle patrol, which is the mission of most military police stationed in Iraq. They are also trained in dealing with prisoners of war and other detainees, with special training in restraining, searching, and transporting prisoners to detainee camps. MPs can also be used as prison guards in detainee camps, although that responsibility usually falls on Internment/Resettlement Specialists, MOS 31E (Formerly Corrections Specialists).  Each branch of the U.S. Armed forces as a type of MP.


Military Protective Order

May direct a Service Member to refrain from contacting, harassing, or touching a certain named person or may direct a person to stay away from certain areas or refrain from doing certain acts or activities.  MPO's are generally for a short period of time and may be written or verbal.  Personnel have the option of either civilian restraining orders or military protective orders.  An MPO is not available with a Restricted Report.


Military Sexual Trauma

Sexual harassment that is threatening in character or physical assault of a sexual nature that occurred while the victim was in the military, regardless of geographic location of the trauma, gender of the victim or the relationship to the perpetrator.


Military Treatment Facility

Any army medical care site (


Missing in Action

Casualty status applied when the member of the military is involuntarily not present and his or her location is unknown


Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

Organization under the Department of the Army which organizes events and recreation to help maintain military morale and help provide soldiers with the same quality of life as the rest of society (


National Crime Victim Survey



National Guard Bureau

Department in the Department of Defense which oversees the activity of the National Guard (


Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)

One of five U.S. service academies.  The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation.


Naval Commanding officer

Usually the commander of a ship.  May also be called Captain or Skipper


Naval Criminal Investigative Services

Law enforcement and counterintelligence part of the Department of the Navy (


Navy Personnel Command

Command overseeing all placements and issues regarding naval personnel


Non-Commissioned Officer.

An enlisted position


Non-Identifying Personal Information

Facts and circumstances surrounding the assault incident or that is about the individual that enables the identity of the individual to remain anonymous.


Nonjudicial Punishment

Punishment imposed for minor offenses by a Commander on Members under their command.  Offenses must violate the UCMJ.  Nature of the offense, rank, circumstance surrounding the event, age, duty assignment, record and experience are all considered.


Office for Victims of Crime

Office within the Department of Justice that administers programs to assist victims of crime and provides grant funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs.


Office on Violence Against Women

Office within the Department of Justice that is responsible for legal and policy issues regarding violence against women


Officer Candidate School

Educates, trains and evaluates potential officers to see if they possess the mental, physical, and leadership qualities to serve as a military officer (


Officer in Charge

Individual in a military unit who has limited command authority over others in the unit.


Offcial Investigative Process

Formal process a commander or law enforcement organization uses to gather evidence and examine the facts and circumstances surrounding a report of sexual assault


Outside continental United States

Areas outside of the continental U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska


Personally Identifying Information

Referring to the victim and alleged assailant of a sexual assault, it is the information which would disclose or have a tendency to disclose the person's identity and is personal identifying information.  This includes a person's name or other particularly identifying descriptions (e.g. physical characteristics or identity by position, rank or organization), or other information about the person or the facts and circumstances involved that could reasonably be understood to identify a person.


Personnel Command - Human Resources Command

Command that follows the lives of those in the military that are active, reservists, guardsmen, their families, and veterans (


Plain Language Address

Addressing one person (namely through the use of "you") in a government document.  It increases clarity and impact (


Point of Contact

The identification of, and means of communication with, person(s) and organizations(s) associated with the resource(s). A POC can be a person or a department serving as the coordinator or focal point of information concerning an activity or program.


Post Exchange

Multipupose store located on post


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anxiety disorder the forms after experiencing a traumatic event, including violent assault, disasters, accidents, or military combat (NIMH)



Official accusation where the accuser (the Commander, not the victim) swears to charges based on investigation or personal knowledge.  First formal step in initiating a court-martial.


Pretrial Confinement

Limiting the accused's freedom when there is reasonable belief that the person restrained has committed an offense that can be tried by court-martial.



Holder of privilege, authorized by law or rules of evidence, may refuse to disclose or prevent others from disclosing private confidential communications.


Protective Order

A no contact order or  protection from another individual. Personnel have the option of either civilian restraining orders or military protective orders.


Public Affairs Officer

Primary point of contact between the media and the DOJ who ensures that the public is informed about law enforcement and legal affairs of the federal government (


Qualifying Conviction

State or Federal conviction for a felony crime of sexual assault and any general or special court-martial conviction for the UCMJ offense which otherwise meets the elements of a crime of sexual assault even though not classified as felony or misdemeanor.


Rape Crisis Center

Service center that serves victims of sexual violence. Volunteers and staff at these organizations are trained on issues surrounding sexual violence and can provide support and information about individual or group counseling, medical attention, reporting a crime to law enforcement as well as many other services.


Rape & Sexual Assault System

SAVI (Navy) database of information regarding rape and sexual assaults


Rape Trauma Syndrome

Rape Trauma Syndrome is a common reaction to a rape or sexual assault. It is the human reaction to an unnatural or extreme event.  This includes an Acute Phase, Outward Adjustment Phase and Resolution Phase.  Survivor may move back and forth throughout these phases over time.



Within the military, the order of a Convening Authority that charges against an accused be tried by a specified level of courts-martial-- similar to a civilian indictment


Regional Legal Service Office - US Navy

Provide advice and counsel to commanders and court-martial prosecution (



Taking or threatening to take an unfavorable personnel action or withholding or threatening to withhold a favorable personnel action or any other act of retaliation against a DoD member for making, preparing or receiving covered communication.


Request for Information

Time-sensitive ad hoc requirement for intelligence information or support for an ongoing crisis (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Reserve Officer Training Corps

College program that includes training for one branch of the military to prepare students to enter the military after graduation (


Restricted Report

Reporting option that enables active duty sexual assault victim to report or disclose that they are a victim to specified individuals and to receive medical treatment, advocacy, and counseling without triggering the official investigation process. Will become an Unrestricted Report if at any time base security, law enforcement, or the Command learn the identity of the victim.  This option is not available to members of the National Guard.


Restricted Reporting Case Number

An alpha-numeric number assigned to a Restricted Report case file by the service-designated military agency.


Security Forces/U.S. Air Force Security Forces

Air Force military police force.  Their mission is to Identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. Government.


Senior Commander

An officer, usually O-6 or higher, who is the commander of a military installation, base, post or comparable unit and has been designated by the respective Military Service to oversee the SAPR Program


Service Member

An active duty, National Guard or Reserve Service member performing active or inactive service or a member of the Coast Guard, when the Coast Guard is operating as a Service of the Dept. of the Navy


Sexual Assault

Intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.  It includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.  "Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure of the victim to offer physical resistance.  Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion, or when the victim is asleep incapacitated or unconscious.


Sexual Assault Advisory Council

A senior executive-level decision-making body that provides advice and counsel to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense on all SAPR matters.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nationally, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs in April and commits to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through use of special events and public education. SAAM provides commands/installations an annual opportunity to highlight Department of Defense (DoD) and Service policies addressing sexual assault prevention and response.


Sexual Assault Care Coordinator

Individual notified if an assault has been reported within 72 hours of the assault to coordinate care services.


Sexual Assault Case Management Group

The purpose of this group is to review all open unrestricted cases of sexual assault, to provide systemic overview for response to victims of sexual assault, to identify impediments to effective response, to improve reporting, facilitate victim updates, and discuss process improvements to ensure system accountability and victim access to services. The SACMG is not intended to substantiate or unsubstantiate the reported sexual assault.


Sexual Assault Clinical Provider

Patients alleging sexual assault will be assigned a specially trained Sexual Assault Care Provider.  The provider will treat patientŐs sexual assault related condition.  Primary Care should continue to provide medical treatment for conditions not related to the assault.


Sexual Assault Counselor

Counselor specializing in sexual assault cases


Sexual Assault Evidence

Evidence collected pertaining to sexual assault


Sexual Assault Forensic Examination

The medical examination of a sexual assault victim under circumstances and controlled procedures to ensure the physical examination process, and the collection, handling, analysis, testing and safekeeping of any bodily specimens, meet requirements necessary for use as evidence in criminal proceedings.


Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner

Individual trained to conduct a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

A Registered Nurse who has received special training so that s/he can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims. In addition s/he is able to conduct a forensic exam and may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial.


Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office

Office implemented by DoD to incorporate a comprehensive policy that reinforces a culture of prevention, response, and accountability.  Implements programming that is meant to prevent assault, respond to victims and emphasize zero tolerance for assault in the military.


Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program

A DoD program for the Military Departments and the DoD Components that establishes sexual assault prevention and response policies to be implemented worldwide.  The program objective establishes an environment and military community free of sexual assault.


Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Standard term throughout DOD.  Military personnel, DoD civilian employees or DoD contractors under the senior commander's supervision who (a) serves as the central point of contact at an installation or within a geographic area to oversee sexual assault awareness, prevention and response training and (b) ensures appropriate care is coordinated and provided to victims of sexual assault; and tracking the services provided to a victim of sexual assault from the initial report through final disposition and resolution. They conduct prevention training programs, respond to victims of sexual assault, report offenders and follow up on reports.  Often the first responder at a location and may be on call 24/7.


Sexual Assault Response Team

A community-based team that coordinates the response to victims of sexual assault. The team may be comprised of SANE's, hospital personnel, sexual assault victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and any other professionals with a specific interest in assisting victims of sexual assault.


Sexual Assault Review Board - US Army

Quarterly installation meeting to ensure coordination and synergy among organizations


Sexual Assault Services Act

Part of VAWA 2005. Creates a funding stream for direct services for sexual assault victims, as well as provide resources for state sexual assault coalitions, whose assistance is invaluable to service providers nationwide.


Sexual Assault Training and Investigation



Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Program -NAVY

The first funded military program for sexual assault (1994).  The program offers a standardized, consistent, victim-sensitive system to prevent and respond to sexual assault Navy-wide.  The program has three goals 1)Awareness and prevention education 2)Victim advocacy and intervention 3) Collection of reliable data on sexual assault


Sexual Transmitted Disease

Diseases that are spread mainly though person-to-person sexual contact


Sexual Transmitted Infection

Infections that are spread mainly through person-to-person sexual contract (WHO)


Sexual Violence

Unwanted sexual contact or assault.  Is sometimes interchangeable with sexual assault.


Significant Other

Umbrella term for individuals in romantic relationships with military personnel


Staff Judge Advocate

Provides legal resources to the commander of each branch of the military (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Standard Operating Procedures

Describes a procedure or set of procedures to perform a given operation or evolution or in reaction to a given event.  SOPs often offer guidance where official doctrine does not cover a situation, or treats a situation only in extremely broad terms. SOPs are often used to provide practical detail to the some times high level guidance of official doctrine


Subject Matter Expert

A person considered expert in a particular field.


Substance Abuse Program

Program for the prevention and treatment of substances


Surgeon General

Oversees operations of the Public Health Service and provides Americans with information about how to improve health and reduce the risk of illness (


Technical Assistance

Advice and training provided for equipment installation and operations (DOD Dictionary of Military Terms)


Temporary Duty

Refers to a United States Government employee travel assignment at a location other than the employee's permanent duty station. They are usually of relatively short duration, typically from two days to two months in length. Not all agencies use this designation. A temporary duty assignment can be to any location, be it 50 or 5,000 miles away, but they are all less than one year in duration


Trial Counsel

The prosecutor in a court-martial


Trial Service Office- Navy

Navy offices housing JAG's and other legal operations for the U.S. Navy


Uniform Code of Military Justice

Act of Congress setting forth laws that govern the conduct of the Armed Forces of the United States.


Uniform Crime Report

Compilations of reliable and uniform crime statistics covering the entire United States.  Collected and published by the FBI.


Unit Victim Advocate & Uniformed Victim Advocate

Provide support and care for victims of sexual assault by providing non-clinical information, options, and resources to help the victim make the right decisions and heal (


United States Air Force

U.S. Military force meant to defend the U.S. and it's interests through exploitation of air and space. Also, controls all military satellites and all of the U.S.'s strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.


United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)

One of five U.S. service academies.  Military organization and university where students complete a course of study and military training to graduate with a BS and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force (


United States Air Force Office of Special Investiations

Military police arm of the Air Force.  Their mission is to Identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. Government.


United States Army

Oldest and largest branch of the U.S. military and is the primary land-based fighting arm.


United States Army Criminal Investigation Command

A federal law enforcement agency that investigates serious crimes and violations of civilian and military law within the United States Army. The Commanding General, USACIDC, is dual-hatted as the Provost Marshal General and is supervised by the Chief of Staff of the Army.


United States Army Europe

U.S. Army Europe trains and leads Army Forces in support of US European Command (EUCOM) and Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA)


United States Army Reserves

Reserve force for the U.S. Army governed by the federal government whose personnel are utilized in times of need.


United States Army Trial Defense Service

An independent unit within the Judge Advocate Corps. Provides conflict-free legal services to soldiers who are facing adverse criminal or administrative actions at no cost to the soldier. Unlike public defenders in civilian jurisdictions, there is no means test required to determine eligibility; all soldiers are entitled to TDS representation by virtue of being subject to the UCMJ.


United States Coast Guard

Oldest continuous seagoing service in the US and is responsible for maritime activates within the US.  It's mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests in the nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters or in any maritime region as required in the support of national security.


United States Marine Corps

Readiness force of the U.S. Military.  Marines are trained, organized and equipped for ophensive amphibious employment.  All marines are trained as riflemen, are capable as serving as infantry and trained to be able to lead.


United States Navy

Protects the U.S.'s interests on the world's oceans and waterways and provides protection, transportation, and combat logistical support for the U.S. Marine Corps.


Unrestricted Report

Reporting option for a victim of sexual assault to disclose that they are a victim without requesting confidentiality or a Restricted Report.  Under these circumstances, information is reportable to law enforcement and an official investigation is triggered.

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Victim Advocates

Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors or volunteers who facilitate care for victims of sexual assault under the SAPR Program and who, on behalf of the sexual assault victim, provide liaison assistance with other organizations and agencies on victim care matters, and report directly to the SARC when performing victim advocacy duties.


Victim Reporting Preference Statement

A written document explaining the different reporting options and limitations of Restricted Reporting.  It documents the victim's understanding of the procedure and decision to make a Restricted Report.  This is required for all Restricted Reports and victims should be given a copy.  If not signed, Unrestricted Reporting procedures go into effect.



Person who alleges direct physical, emotional, or pecuniary harm as a result of the commission of a sexual assault. The term encompasses all persons eligible to receive treatment in military medical treatment facilities


Victim Witness Assistance Program/Personnel

They make sure that victims/witnesses understand their rights, provide information and assistance related to the justice process and can file for crime victim compensation.


Violence Against Women Act

Act that aims to create a community response to domestic violence and sexual assault, provides grants to coalitions, protects immigrants, expands stalking laws, and funds VAWO programs (