SAPR program seeks victim advocates
By Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson, 120th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office
/ Published March 04, 2016
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The 120th Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is looking for a few good men and women to become victim advocates (VA) for the wing's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR).
Maj. Maureen Maphies said three to four additional VAs are needed to volunteer to serve in the additional duty as a coordinator of services for the survivors of sexual assaults.
VAs do not use their personal training days to serve in this position. Additional days are made available by the 120 AW or the National Guard Bureau.
Volunteers must meet several requirements to become VAs. They must first get their supervisor's approval.
Enlisted members will need to be at least 21 years of age and serving in the rank of senior airman and above. Officers must serve in the rank of first lieutenant or above. Second lieutenants are eligible if they have prior enlisted experience.
Airmen on G-series orders, first sergeants, chief master sergeants, individuals assigned with or working in law enforcement or investigations (to include administrative or training personnel assigned to SFS), individuals assigned to the Office of the SJA or Area Defense Counsel, healthcare providers (as defined in DoDI 6495.02, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Procedures, as those who have direct patient care), individuals assigned to EO offices, individuals assigned to the Office of the Wing Chaplain or equivalent, or individuals assigned to the Inspector General (IG) cannot apply for this VA opportunity.
Individuals who possess a passion for helping people and are interested in serving in this rewarding role need to contact the 120 AW SARC at 791-2159.