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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**
The CATCH Program allows sexual assault victims, filed a Restricted Report, to voluntarily submit an anonymous entry and discover if the suspect in their Report may have also assaulted another person (a “match” in the CATCH website). With knowledge of a “potential match”, victims can then decide whether to participate in an investigation of a serial offender suspect. 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.
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.
Individuals may disclose a sexual assault incident to anyone in or outside of their chain of command. A report made outside of the chain of command can remain confidential when made to: SARC, SAPR VA, VVA, healthcare personnel, assigned Victim’s Counsel, legal assistance officer, chaplain or through the DoD Safe Helpline.
Additional Services Provided regardless of report
Who Can keep a Report Confidential
A member may disclose a sexual assault incident to anyone in her or his chain of command and still elect to file a restricted report, however, this does not preclude the initiation of an investigation into the allegation and commanders are still required to immediately refer the report to OSI for investigation.
**Note: commanders retain his or her duty to immediately contact OSI, upon being notified of a sexual assault, Whether or Not the sexual assault is in his or her own chain of command**
Military Sexual Trauma (MST):: Veterans Affairs provides free treatment for any physical or mental health conditions related to an experience of MST. You do not need documentation of the MST experience or a VA disability rating to receive care.
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.
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.
You may disclose a sexual assault incident to anyone in your chain of command and still elect to file a restricted report, however, an investigation into the allegation may still be started and commanders are still required to immediately refer the report to OSI for investigation.
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.
24-hour Hotline: 318-456-SARC (7272)
Victims' Counsel: 318-456-3387
Main Line: 318-456-8118
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
241 Curtiss Rd, Bldg 4546 (across from the Med Group)
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)
Air Force Connect
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