The commander's response to a sexual assault determines the climate of trust established within the unit, and could encourage or prevent more victims from reporting. Establish a climate of trust by immediately taking care of the victim. Start by believing the victim. Contact the SARC, ensure victim's safety, obtain medical care and/or counseling if needed, and ensure a victim advocate is assigned. Contact law enforcement and JAG to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted. Keep the victim informed throughout the process. Remember, establishing a non-permissive climate, where potential future offenders know they will be investigated and held accountable, will increase reporting and decrease incidents of sexual assault.
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