The Department of Defense is unequivocal in its commitment that victims of sexual assault be protected, treated with dignity and respect, provided proper medical and psychological care, and that the perpetrators of such assaults be held accountable in accordance with recognized principles of due process and the rules of law.
History: In February 2004, the former Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld directed a 90-day review of all sexual assault policies and programs among the Services and DoD, and recommend changes necessary to increase prevention, promote reporting, enhance the quality and support provided to victims, especially within combat theaters, and improve accountability for offender actions. The Department quickly assembled the Care for Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force. One of the recommendations emphasized the need to establish a single point of accountability for sexual assault policy within the Department. This led to the establishment of the Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR). The overarching elements of sexual assault prevention and response policy became permanent with the approval of DoD Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy, in October 2005.
Today, there are almost 24,000 certified SARCs and SAPR VAs within the DoD. The Department of the Air Force SAPR Program Strives to:
e the gap between the prevalence of sexual assault and reporting, while driving incidents down to zero. When sexual assaults do occur, SAPR provides victim-centered, gender-responsive, culturally competent and recovery-oriented care.
Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Consent: Permission to engage in sexual activity. A person must be of legal age (16 in the military, 17 in Louisiana), of sound mind (without mental disabilities that do not allow for a person to legally consent to sex), conscious, and awake to give consent. If incapacitated (passed out, unable to function) by alcohol, a person cannot give consent. **No consent if coercion or a use/threat of force is involved**
Deciding whether to report a sexual assault is a deeply personal decision; however, reporting may be a gateway to recovery. The Air Force is committed to ensuring sexual assault victims are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided support, advocacy, and care. To achieve this objective, the Air Force has two reporting options: Unrestricted and Restricted Reporting. These options allow Service members who experienced sexual assault to exercise control over how and when they engage with resources.
Additional Services Provided regardless of report
Who Can keep a Report Confidential
Reprisal, Retaliation, or Ostracism: Federal law prohibits military members, civilian employees, and contractors from reprising, retaliating, or ostracizing individuals who report a crime or provide information relating to a criminal investigation. Prohibited actions may include taking, or threatening to take an unfavorable personnel action; withholding, or threatening to withhold a favorable personnel action; or socially ostracizing you for making a protected communication. If you believe someone has reprised, retaliated, or ostracized you for reporting a sexual assault or participating in a criminal investigation, contact your SAPR Office or IG Office.
Main Line: 318-456-6836
Bldg 5441, Suite 98 & 99
40 Barksdale Avenue W
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110
Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA): 24/7 response: 318-233-2230
Family Advocacy Program (FAP): 318-456-6595
Mental Health: 318-456-6600
Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): 318-553-4597
Military OneSource: 800-342-9647
DoD Safe Helpline: provides 24/7 anonymous, confidential sexual assault support for the DoD community: 877-995-5247
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
USAF Connect is equipped with over 20 robust features that are exclusively built and designed to enable, engage, and empower our Airmen across the globe. It’s one App for the Total Force. All Active Component, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard wing-level and above organizations are authorized a sub-app within the USAF Connect Favorites Portal. Features: Favorites Portal gives Airmen access to Bases/Wings/DRUs/FOAs Sub Apps; Instant Notifications; Events, News; Fitness Calculator; Family Readiness; Emergency; Mobile CAC-Enabled; Directory; Plus More.
With the LifeArmor app, military members and civilians can privately take self-assessments to recognize symptoms and learn more about PTSD, anger, depression, sleep problems and 12 other common mental health concerns. Explore causes, symptoms and solutions. Hear service members and veterans describe how they overcame their mental health challenges. The app was developed by psychologists at Defense Health Agency Connected Health, formerly known as the National Center for Telehealth & Technology.
Use this positivity app to improve your mood, take your mind off negative thoughts and overcome depression. Positive Activity Jackpot offers a selection of more than 380 activities to motivate you to get out each day. Choose an activity yourself or “pull” the jackpot arm for randomly selected options among 11 categories. The app also makes it easy to find a nearby event, invite friends and put the activity on your electronic calendar. The Positive Activity Jackpot app was developed by DHA Connected Health (formerly the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, or T2), a branch of the Defense Health Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense.
Use the award-winning Virtual Hope Box app to reduce your stress and anxiety and elevate your mood. Designed initially for use in conjunction with treatment, Virtual Hope Box is also beneficial for use as a self-care tool. Virtual Hope Box contains simple but powerful tools for relaxation, positive thinking and coping with depression. Features: Personalized content, including inspirational quotes, family photos and videos, recorded messages and favorite music; Interactive relaxation exercises; Coping cards to remind you of the tactics that work for you; Puzzles and games to play as a distraction; Preferred emergency contacts; A positive activity planner for planning activities with someone on your contact list; Manage stress; Reduce anxiety; Cope with depression; Deal with overwhelming emotions and thoughts of self-harm; Improve emotional regulation skills; Reinforce positive thinking.
This app has now been downloaded over 500,000 times in 115 countries around the world. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features: Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work; Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms; Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms; Direct links to support and help; Always with you when you need it; Providing you with facts and self-help skills based on research.
Use this award-winning, paced breathing app to learn the technique - used by warfighters, firefighters and police officers - for managing your heart rate, emotions and concentration during times of stress or anxiety. Proper breathing is critical for maintaining control of your mind and body, so you can perform at your best and make sound decisions under difficult circumstances. Although the paced-breathing technique was developed primarily for intense combat situations, anyone can use Tactical Breather as a relaxation tool to manage stressful life situations like presentations, performances, competitions, test-taking, job interviews and more. The app received second place in the “General Wellness” category in the Apps4Army competition.
The CATCH Program allows sexual assault victims, filed a Restricted Report, to discover if the suspect in their Restricted Report may have also assaulted another person (a “match” in the CATCH website), and having that knowledge, decide whether to convert their Restricted Report to Unrestricted to initiate an investigation of the serial offender suspect. Participation in the CATCH Program is voluntary. A Restricted Report will not be converted based on the information a victim provided to the CATCH Program without their permission. A victim may decline to participate in the process at any point, even after being notified that there was a potential match. There are no adverse consequences if a victim does not agree to participate.
Active duty members, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members and their dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the military health system, and Air Force civilian (appropriated and non-appropriated) employees. SAPR provides support for adult sexual assault victims when the perpetrator is someone other than the victim’s spouse or same sex domestic partner.
**The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) manages sexual assault allegations when the alleged offender is the partner in context of a spousal relationship, same sex domestic partnership, unmarried intimate partner relationship or military dependents who are 17 years of age and younger.
* SAPR Office: 318-456-6836
* SAPR 24/7 Hotline: 318-456-7272
* DoD Safe Helpline 24/7 Hotline: 877-995-5247
Report the assault to a SARC, SAPR VA, healthcare personnel, a member of your chain of command, law enforcement personnel, or legal personnel.
You man confidentially disclose the assault to a SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel.
SARCs and SAPR victim advocates are responsible by law and Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions to protect the confidentiality of both restricted and unrestricted reports. SAPR personnel who violate confidentiality rules are subject to the full range of disciplinary action ranging from administrative action to court-martial, depending on the status of the individual in question and the nature of the violation.
Yes, your SARC will take your report of sexual assault regardless of when or where the assault occurred. If you choose to make your report unrestricted, the SARC will help notify the appropriate law enforcement officials.
Yes, with the exception of Air Force civilian employees. If you are eligible for SAPR support services, then you can file a report with any DoD SARC regardless of location. However, Air Force civilian employees are currently the only Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for SAPR services, and can only receive SAPR services from Air Force SARCs and SAPR victim advocates.
There are legal measures in place to make sure reporting does not negatively affect the victim. If you feel you are experiencing retaliation, ostracism, or reprisal, contact you command, IG Office or law enforcement.
Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) is a military attorney who specializes in representing victims of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, stalking and other similar crimes. The SVC works for victims including Air Force members and their dependents. The SVC has a separate office and different chain of command from the base legal office and ADC.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) serves as the installation's primary point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services for eligible recipients. Services may begin at the initial report of sexual assault and continue through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well-being. The SARC reports directly to the installation wing commander (or equivalent) or installation vice wing commander, executing the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program at the installation level. SARCs assist unit commanders as necessary to ensure victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care.
Your report will remain restricted and confidential. However, if another individual reports your assault to their chain of command or law enforcement, an investigation will be initiated if the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Be caring and non-judgement and assure them it is not their fault. Ask if they would like to contact the SAPR Office or would like you to. Do no leave them alone. Recommend they go to the hospital as soon as possible but let them make their own choices.