I've been assaulted, what are my options?
There are two options for reporting sexual assault, Restricted and Unrestricted Reports.
Allows an active duty members and family members over the age of 18 years to report allegations of sexual assault to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocates (VAs) or a military Chaplain without triggering an investigation. The state of California is a mandated reporting state meaning if you report a sexual assault to law enforcement or medical providers (including military) they must report it.
Allows personnel stated above to report allegations of sexual assault to the SARC, VA or Military Chaplain as well as the member's chain of command or the AFOSI and a formal investigation will occur. Details of the report will only be provided to those with a need to know.
Independent Reporting (This is an unrestricted report made by someone other than the victim)
If you tell anyone, who subsequently notifies command, SFS, or OSI, or if someone observes the assault and notifies command, SFS, or OSI, an investigation is launched. This becomes unrestricted reporting.
The SARC/Victim Advocate are available to attend to victim needs.
For the purpose of this Directive and SAPR awareness training and education, the term "sexual assault" is defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these acts. (AFI 36-6001)
"Consent" is defined as words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the one accused use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity.