“We are not performing to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves of for each other. This is unacceptable. We cannot shrink from facing the challenge head on. We must and will do better… this is a call to action.”

- Patrick M. Shanahan, former United States federal government official who served as acting U.S. Secretary of Defense

Program Overview

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**

Reporting Options

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.

Unrestricted Reporting Restricted Reporting
  • Available for Active Duty, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard, Dependents 18 y/o or older, DoD Civilians, Contractors deployed ISO U.S. Ops.
  • Commander is Notified
  • Investigation Initiated
  • All Medical/SAPR Services
  • Special Victim's Counsel (SVC) - personal lawyer specifically trained in sexual assault
  • Can request Expedited Transfer
  • Can request Military Protective Order/Civilian Protective Order
  • Available for AD, AFRC and ANG, Dependents 18 y/o or older, DoD Civilians can make a restricted report
  • Confidential communication No investigation
  • All medical/SAPR services
  • Special Victim’s Counsel (SVC) - personal lawyer specifically trained in sexual assault
  • Cannot request Expedited Transfer
  • Cannot request Military Protective Order or Civilian Protective Order
  • Option to participate in CATCH program

Additional Services Provided regardless of report

  • SAPR Support Services
  • Victim Advocate
  • Legal Support: legal representation through the SVC
  • Medical Support: on/off base medical evaluation, forensic exam, treatment of injuries/ STDs
  • Counseling Resources: on/off base mental health care
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)
  • Spiritual Support through Chaplain services

*Mandatory Reporters*

Who Can keep a Report Confidential

  • Chain of Command (i.e. supervisor, First Sergeant, Commander)
  • Security Forces/law enforcement member
  • OSI
  • IG
  • EO
  • Air Force Instructors (i.e. ALS/NCOA)
  • SAPR Office personnel
  • Volunteer Victim Advocates (VVA)
  • Chaplain
  • Medical Personnel
  • Special Victims’ Counsel

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.

Contact Information

24-hour Hotline: 
318-456-SARC (7272)

Main Line: 318-456-6836 



Bldg 5441, Suite 98 & 99
40 Barksdale Avenue W
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110





  • Phone Numbers

    Chaplain: 318-456-2111
    Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA): 24/7 response: 318-233-2230
    Family Advocacy Program (FAP): 318-456-6595
    IG: 318-456-5049
    Mental Health: 318-456-6600
    Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): 318-553-4597

  • Helpful links

    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)

  • Mobile Apps
    • *Available on one or more mobile feature: Apple Store, Google Play, Amazon

Catch Program

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.

Frequently Asked Questions