Survivor Insight

You don't have to be alone!

A sexual assault is NOT your fault. You did not cause it to happen; and no one has the right to assault another human being. Any sexual act initiated against another person without their consent is against the law.


  • People are here to help. We are committed to supporting you and your family members in the most sensitive and private way possible.
  • There is no "right way" in dealing with sexual assault. It is ok to be angry and it's important to stand up for yourself when you are ready. Let the SARC/Victim Advocate put you in touch with all the resources and assistance available to you.
  • Take care of yourself and ask for any help you need. Remember, before washing or cleaning up, seek medical attention.

AF Leadership Messages

 "Sexual assault has no place in our Air Force. We live in a culture of respect. We cherish our core values of integrity, service, and excellence. But in order to ensure all Airmen experience and benefit from those values, we must eliminate sexual assault in our ranks."

General Mark A. Welsh III

  Air Force Chief Of Staff
           


"We should all be extremely outraged that this crime takes place in our Air Force. The only way to fully get after this is that we all understand that it is a problem and we all take responsibility for preventing it in the future. One victim is too many and because of that we will continue working on this. Ultimately, we will care for the victim to the best of our ability and will absolutely hold those that commit these crimes to the highest degree of accountability."            


James A. Cody
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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If you feel that you, or someone you know, has been a victim of sexual assault, please contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, SARC, to discuss your options.
SARC CONTACT INFO: Office: 437-SARC (7272)   Cell: 5585-3201

 

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is defined as: Intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur regardless of gender, marriage, or age of the victim.
  • Sexual assault is a crime punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
  • Sexual assault is criminal conduct.
It falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform. It violates Air Force Core Values.

Types of reporting

Restricted Report

  • Enables all military members, active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their adult dependents 18 years old and above to report allegations of sexual assault tospecified personnel without triggering an investigation. Specified personnel include the SARC, a healthcare provider, on-duty Victim Advocate.
  • Allows access to medical care, counseling and a victim advocate but does not initiate the investigative process.
  • Provides privileged communication reporting.
  • Intended to give the victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of the victim's personal information.
  • Empowers the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
  • Understand that if you talk about your sexual assault to anyone other than those under the "Privileged Communication" Rule (SARC, Victim Advocate, or Legal Council) you may nullify the protection.
  • Your report will NOT trigger an investigation; therefore, no action will be taken against the offender(s) as the result of your report.

Unrestricted Report

  • Any report of a sexual assault made through normal reporting channels which includes the victim's chain of command, law enforcement, and the AFOSI or other criminal investigative service.
  • The SARC will assign a Victim Advocate at victim's request.
  • Details of the report will be provided only to those
    personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
  • Medical treatment, forensic evidence collection, and
    counseling services will be coordinated.

Third Party Reporting

  • Information about a sexual assault disclosed to command from an independent or third-party source. An official investigation may be initiated based upon an independent report.

Reporting Guidelines

 

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault,

REMEMBER...
  • Never hesitate to get help.
  • Whether you choose restricted or unrestricted reporting, your action starts the response and healing process; evidence may be collected up to 72 hours after an incident; the earlier the better.
    • Bring a change of clothes (if you have already changed clothing: bring the soiled clothing in a paper bag--not plastic).
    • Avoid eating or drinking anything.
    • Evidence is better preserved if you don't shower, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
    • Use of any type of medication on any injuries can affect test results; getting to immediate medical care is highly recommended.
    • Resist bathroom use; but if you must; bring your urine for testing in a plastic or glass container; pat dry do not wipe.
    • Try to not disturb or clean up the crime scene valuable evidence might be present.

 

Intervention

Ask: If someone needs help and when they do

Act: Assist or get help for the individual in need of assistance, or call the police; or

Intervene: Remove the individual out of the immediate situation; don't leave your friend or a person in need alone with the possible offender.

Intervention and Risk Management
is the key to prevention


Be Prepared: travel with a friend or in groups, stay in control.

Be Alert: watch for signs of trouble; trust your instincts; report unauthorized visitors.

Be Assertive: state what you want; use a confident voice and body posture.

 

 

Helping Agencies Team

  • Chapel 437-8811
  • Clinic 437-4216
  • Equal Opportunity 437-2512
  • Mental Health 437-8767

Become a Victim Advocate

Air Force Victim Advocates provide essential support, liaison services and care to a sexual assault victim.

Victim Advocates are military personnel and DoD civilian employees selected by the SARC and who have completed a 40-hour training course and are nationally certified by outside civilian organizations.

Victim Advocates are volunteers who must possess the maturity and empathy to assist in very sensitive situations.

Responsibilities may include:
  • Providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support.
  • Providing information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions about the case.
  • Providing continuous services until the victim feels support is no longer needed.
  • Being present, at the victim's request, during investigative interviews and forensic medical examinations.
  • However; does not include providing counseling or other professional services to a victim.
  • For more information on becoming a Victim Advocate, contact the SAPR office at 437-7272.