March 20, 2015 --
Col. Scott Jensen, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch head for Headquarters Marine Corps, elicited feedback about the service’s SAPR program from junior and senior Marines during his visit to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, March 19.
Jensen conducted three separate 30-minute sessions with sergeants and below, staff noncommissioned officers and officers at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd to collect information on how to improve the Marine Corps’ SAPR program.
“I’m particularly interested in what I can take away from them,” Jensen said about his sessions with the Marines. “I hope I can dispel rumors and help them understand perhaps better why things are what they as far as sexual assault prevention and response programs. I want to tear down any misperceptions that exist out there about victims or how victims think or how we need to respond to them.
“We have a lot of professionals, a lot of hardworking people, a lot people here at Albany (who) are focused on it from the command level and the staff level and we’re continuing to grow strength in the program,” he added.
“I think we (need to continue) to look at measures of preventing offenders and the actions offenders take before they ever get into (an offender/victim) situation and that’s really the key of where we’re trying to (go) as we continue to (refine the) support system that gives world-class care to victims,” Jensen said.
“Please take care of each other,” he concluded to the Marines. “You have a great program here. I’m here to make the program better and take (information) back to Headquarters Marine Corps.”
During Jensen’s daylong visit, he spoke with MCLB Albany’s command members as well as with the installation’s tenant commands, sexual assault program coordinators and uniformed victim advocates, according to Marcus White, MCLB Albany’s sexual assault response program coordinator.
Jensen also shared information about changes, trends and systemic issues with the SAPR Program from Headquarters Marine Corps and Department of Defense perspectives and answered any questions or concerns, White said.
The colonel toured the rape crisis exam unit at Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, here, and the local community’s Lily Pad Rape Crisis Center, White noted.
“Colonel Jensen will get a chance to meet our community rape crisis partners we work with and see the state-of-the art facility and community resources that are offered at the Lily Pad to victims (who) come through their doors,” White said. “Also while touring our Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, information will be shared with him on how they are using their monthly rape crisis ‘mock drills’ to train their UVAs and staff and keep them ready to efficiently and compassionately respond to a potential victim.”