Self-Paced Educational Programs

Open book iconSafe Helpline offers five unique programs to help those looking for support or information related to sexual assault. Each program was built with a particular audience in mind, but all programs provide valuable information for anyone looking to learn more about sexual assault, its effects, and the support available.  All five programs can be accessed anonymously, or responders can register with a valid military email address to receive one hour of D-SAACP credit for those programs marked with an asterisk*.

Building Hope and Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault:* This program seeks to help survivors begin to recover, heal, and build resiliency after a sexual assault. Recognizing the effect that trauma can have, this program is part of a comprehensive effort to enhance resiliency and improve readiness across the Total Force. Users will learn about sexual assault and its effects, assess their current coping skills and find information about additional support and resources available.  This program may be especially helpful for survivors that are not yet ready to connect directly with anyone or for those that prefer to do their own research before taking the next step. Click here.

How to Support a Survivor:*  The How to Support a Survivor program provides concrete tools that can help friends, family members, and colleagues of survivors of sexual assault support the course of a survivor’s recovery. This program identifies helping behaviors that support survivors of sexual assault while also educating supporters about behaviors that can be harmful and how to avoid them. Click here.

Safe Helpline 101:* This program provides an overview of Safe Helpline, including services offered, information about the secure technology platform, and steps taken to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of users. Most importantly, this program describes how Safe Helpline services augment and support Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Victim Advocates (SARC/SAPR VA) in their efforts to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. The target audience for this program is SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other responders interested in learning more about Safe Helpline. Click here. 

Suicide 101: Responding to Suicidal Ideation Among Survivors of Sexual Assault:* In their roles as sources of confidential support, SARCs and SAPR VAs are uniquely qualified to identify, assess, and support survivors of sexual assault who have suicidal ideation. This module explains how SARCs and SAPR VAs can leverage their existing skills, introduces tools for conducting a suicide risk assessment and identifying appropriate follow-up steps, as well as connecting survivors to long-term support resources for managing their suicidal ideation. Click here.

Transitioning Service Members: An Educational Module for Civilian Sexual Assault Service Providers: This module provides SASPs information on military structure and culture, the transition process, additional needs for those leaving the military, and available resources to address those needs. The module also includes details about some of the unique challenges survivors of sexual assault who are transitioning out of the military may face and explains how SASPs can leverage their existing skills and available resources to better assist these individuals. Click here. 

You can take these programs anonymously by visiting the individual program pages or register to receive D-SAACP credit for programs marked with an asterisk* by following these step-by-step instructions with screenshots for how to register and navigate to the Safe Helpline self-paced online educational programs here

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