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Minnesota National Guard
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR)
Minnesota Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

The purpose of the Minnesota National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) is to reinforce the commitment of the Department of Defense in eliminating incidents of sexual assault within the military through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness, prevention, training, education, and victim advocacy for not only Service members, but their families as well.
Contact Information

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Master Sgt. John Thompson

600 Cedar Street
Room 177
St Paul MN 55101

Call or text: 612-208-5299
Hotline: 888-282-4858


John Thompson
Two Types of Reporting

Restricted Reporting - This option is for Service members that want to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals (SARC,  Victim Advocates or Chaplain) to receive medical treatment and counseling without triggering an investigation.

Unrestricted Reporting - This option is for Service members who want medical treatment, counseling, and an official military or criminal investigation.  Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate reason to know.
Contact the JFHQ SARC’s office or your unit Victim Advocate for more information.

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DoD Safe Helpline

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community
DoD Safe Helpline is a new crisis support service for adult Service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one expert advice and information. Available globally 24/7, users can log on to www.SafeHelpline.org to receive live, one-on-one confidential help with a trained professional through a secure instant-messaging format.

A second option is to call the telephone hotline (877-995-5247) to speak with Safe Helpline staff for personalized advice and support. Safe Helpline staff can also transfer callers to installation or base Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs)/On-call Victim Advocates (VAs), civilian rape crisis centers or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The third option is for users to text their location to 55-247 (inside the U.S.) or 202-470-5546 (outside of the U.S.) to receive automated contact information for the SARC at their installation or base.
Safe helpline

Resources and Links

Office of Justice - Victim Service Provider Directory

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Impact of Sexual Assault

We all cope with problems differently. The most important thing to know is that help from many resources is available. After an assault, a victim may feel over-whelmed by emotions such as anger, fear, or anxiety. These are common reactions to a traumatic event.

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Reason for Under-Reporting

Regarding the military, reasons for under-reporting are as follows:
  • The belief that nothing will be done
  • Fear of being ostracized or ridiculed for coming forward
  • Concern about becoming the subject of gossip
  • Fear that military career will be harmed
How to Support a Survivor

Many people do not know what to say or do when a loved one is sexually assaulted. Most of the time your supportive listening ear is all that is needed. Remind him/her the assault is NOT their fault. There is no such thing as a 'typical' sexual assault or sexual assault victim so there is no right way to feel, act or heal after an assault. Each survivor will deal with their experiences and emotions differently.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Victim Advocate Sexual Assault Response Protocols

Options for Early Bystander Intervention.pdf

SAPR Articles

Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding

Minnesota Guardsman finds new passion through advocacy

Minnesota Guardsman Honored for Her Work Against Domestic Violence

Minnesota Guardsmen receive engaging presentation on sexual assault, culture change

Minnesota National Guard recognizes April as sexual assault awareness month

New Special Victims Counsel to Assist Victims of Sexual Assault

Increase in sexual assault reports a positive sign

Sexual Assault Program at 148th

Minnesota Guard awarded for Excellence in Sexual Assault Response

Minn. Guard, Reserve officials prepare to help victims of sexual assault