Sexual Assault Prevention and Response


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".


Our Vision

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.


Key Terms


Sexual Violence

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

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

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


Restricted Report

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.


Unrestricted Report

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.


Support Services


Victim Advocates

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.


Responsibilities include:


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


DOD SafeHelpLine


Call:  877-995-5247

Text:  55-247 (Inside the US)

202-470-5546 (Outside the US)

Suicide Prevention Anne Santilli (401)-275-4115 CRISIS INTERVENTION In Rhode Island, if you or another Service member you know is in crisis, call Leah Berg (401)-280-0031
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator MAJ Michelle Branch (401)-480-6028



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