SAPRO may have been one of the most detrimental parts of our
friendís experience. They definitely were no help and were
a waste of time. She dealt with SAPRO all the way up to the
Pentagon and found she had more knowledge on the procedures
of reporting a sexual assault than they did, but this was
after months of her researching the matter. She had been
lied to so many times she looked into what was supposed to
happen and learned military law and procedures.
The woman she talked to at the Pentagon was the most
helpful, but she didnít know about a database that was
supposed to be up for years. Our friend read about it on
several sites. This database is supposed to be used in the
military to gather statistics and watch patterns. How do
you work for the Pentagon SAPRO and not know part of your
procedures and what tools are supposed to be out there?
The head of SAPRO Marines was new to the position and knew
pretty much nothing when the Pentagon had her call our
friend. She took days to get in touch with NCIS. She was
supposed to get advocacy information for our friend and
didnít even know to get her a SAPRO advocate. She also was
supposed to get back with our friend, and that was over a
The advocate our friend eventually got seemed to care at
first then sent our friend emails that said things like we
know your concerned about your rapist hurting other people
but thatís a chance we take. This was after our friend
found out they werenít even going to start the case for
She also went to this advocate and asked her if she should
go to the police as well. The advocate looked into it and
told her she had to go to them NCIS was stopping their
investigation, and she would have to start all over and it
was going to take another 3 or more months.
This information was incorrect and our friend had already
talked to NCIS. She told the advocate she was wrong and had
given her bad information.
How did the advocate not know what to tell her regarding the
police and why was she trying to stop her military
investigation? Better yet if what she had told her was true
why didnít she tell her to go to the police in their first
conversation. Our friend is very thorough on her story and
explains where it started and where it ended.
Our friend kept asking why no one was looking into the fact
her rape was ignored. SAPRO wasnít concerned. Her advocate
didnít find it odd that a day after she looked into a
military protective order the Sgt. Maj. that ignored the
rape handed our friends report to NCIS and said nothing.
Our friend had asked about talking to the Inspector
General. Her advocate emailed her a number claiming it was
the IG. However it was for a Sgt. Maj., who would never be
When friend tried to contact this number she emailed the
advocate she didnít think this was the IG. She was assured
by her advocate it was and had been told she sent women to
this person all the time and that NCIS worked hand and hand
with them. Her advocate wouldnít give her the mailing
address when she asked for it, she just told our friend she
would give them her info, then never did.
When our friend finally spoke with this Sgt. Maj. she found
out he wasnít the IG and then he tried to lie to her and say
there wasnít one on base. She had to tell him she knew
there was then he claimed he didnít have a number for them.
He also claimed he wanted to help her with how to present
her information to the IG then started swearing at her out
of nowhere, blamed her for dating a jackass then told her
what her rapist did to her, without her saying a word, all
the way to the breakdown he faked and told her that was her
fault for falling for it. He also told her they would never
do anything, Good Luck.
When she emailed her advocate, the head of Pendleton SAPRO
and the head of Marine SAPRO, none of them responded. Since
a SAPRO advocate told her to contact this guy claiming he
was the IG, and that she sent other women to him, and after
what he said, she felt they should know. Again no response,
until she sent a second email and the only one that answered
was the advocate that sent her to him. All she said was he
doesnít handle sexual assaults. It didnít bother any of
them that he admitted to our friend her rape was
premeditated and her Marine used a tactic to get her not to
go to the police, or that he said nothing would be done, or
that he belittled her. And the fact is they sent her to
She has emails to back this all up. Her advocate did
absolutely nothing for our friend. She didnít enter her
information into the database until January 2011, and the
rape happened in February 2010. And this was over a month
after our friend had started talking to her. They are
supposed to do it right away.
SAPRO is a danger to women who have been raped and sexually
assaulted. They do nothing to help the victims, and donít
even know the protocol and procedures.
ALL WOMEN RAPED OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY THE MILITARY SHOULD
ONLY GO TO THE POLICE AND USE OUTSIDE ADVOCATES!!!!!!!!