The Rhode Island National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program's mission is to is to prevent the occurrence of sexual assault by strengthening a culture of prevention through risk reduction, education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures and offender accountability, as appropriate, that enhances the safety and well-being of all. Every victim of sexual assault will be "treated with dignity, sensitivity, and without prejudice".
Promote and foster a culturally aware and informed Navy respectful of all, intolerant of sexual assault, and supported by a synergistic program of prevention, advocacy, and accountability.
Sexual violence is a crime and will not be tolerated in the Maine National Guard. Both sexual harassment and assault have a devastating and lasting impact on victims. They undermine unit cohesion and combat readiness, and have no place in the Maine National Guard.
Sexual harassment is defined as a form of gender dis- crimination that involves unwelcomed sexual advances and attention; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, physical, or written conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile work environment or makes someone's job or career advancement a condition of their participation in the request for sexual favors.
Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, absivie sexual contact, or attempts to commit these offenses.
Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship, or age of victim. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent.
Sexual Assault Reporting Options
Enables military members to report allegations of sexual assault to specified personnel, without triggering an investigation. Specified personnel include the SARC, a healthcare provider, trained Victim Advocate, or chap- lain.
Provides confidential reporting. Allows access to medical care, counseling, legal services, and a victim advocate. It does not initiate the investigative process. Intended to give the victim additional time and increased control of the release and management of their personal information.
Empowers the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
Family members, civilians and retired members are not eligible to make a restricted report.
Someone who files a restricted report can change it to an unrestricted report at any time.
Any report of a sexual assault made through normal reporting channels including the victim's chain of command, law enforcement, and/or other criminal investigative service. Also allows access to medical care, counseling, legal services, and a victim advocate.
The SARC will be notified and assign a victim advocate to the individual, if desired. Details of the allegation will be provided only to those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
If a victim files an unrestricted report, they cannot convert it to a restricted report.
Victim Advocates provide essential support, liaison services and care to a sexual assault victim.
Victim Advocates are selected by the SARC and have completed either a 40 hour SAPR (Air) or 80 hour SHARP (Army) class, are NOVA-certified, and may conduct annual refresher training.
Victim Advocates are volunteers who must possess the desire, maturity, confidence, and ability to assist in very sensitive situations.
Providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support.
•Providing information about available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions.
•Providing assistance until the victim states that support is no longer needed.
•Does NOT provide counseling or other professional services to a victim.
•May accompany the victim, at the victim's request,during investigative interviews and medical examinations.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
MAJ Michelle Lyn Branch
Office Phone: 401-275-4168
Cell Phone: 401-480-6028
Office Location: 645 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920.
Army Victim Advocates
CPT Rebecca Sanderson 401-474-8471
CPT Victoria Tolbert-Bravo 401-255-5955
CPT Corrine Kennedy 508-733-2732
CPT Nelia Dias 401-837-5930
CW3 Pedro Jorge 401-497-6478
MSG Scott Olsen 401-275-4199
SSG Clara McNulty 401-580-4282
SSG Amy Kane 401-241-4909
Air Victim Advocates:
SMSgt Nancy Sherman 401-275-4117
SMSgt Kevin Sarli 401-267-3060
MSgt Kristen Brodeur 401-267-3280
MSgt Steven Latimer 401-267-3262
TSgt Amanda Emerick 401-267-3044
TSgt Autumn Benker 401-267-3987
SrA Monique Teixeira 401-267-3551
SrA Mariah Hedstrom 401-426-9676
Text: 55-247 (Inside the US)
202-470-5546 (Outside the US)