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I've been assaulted, what are my options?
There are two options for reporting sexual assault, Restricted and Unrestricted Reports.
Allows military members (AD, Guard, Reserve) and their adult dependents (18 years of age or older, who are eligible for treatment in the military health system), and Air Force civilian employees (appropriated and non-appropriated) to report allegations of sexual assault to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim’s Advocate (VA) or a healthcare provider without triggering an investigation.
NOTE: Although the state of California is a mandated reporting state, 10 USC § 1565(b) specifically notes that any state law or regulation requiring a healthcare professional to disclose the personally identifiable information of the adult victim or alleged perpetrator shall not apply when the victim is a military member or an adult dependent of a military member, except when reporting is necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of an individual.
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.
A Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) and Special Victims’ Paralegal (SVP) team provides legal representation for sexual assault survivors. SVCs must be requested by the victim and are granted in cases where the person requesting services meets eligibility criteria, or when exceptional circumstances warrant the provision of services.
The Special Victims' Counsel and Special Victims' Paralegal will vigorously defend your rights to privacy, respect, and confidentiality. The SVC team can advocate for your rights and interests to your Chain of Command, law enforcement, and throughout the Military Justice process. SVC and SVP teams have an independent chain of command at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
SVCs like Area Defense Counsel (ADCs) are assigned based on availability. This means that your local SVC team will not always be assigned to your case; however, your local team can always provide information and training, and receive and process requests for services. The Special Victims' Counsel and Special Victims’ Paralegal team stationed at Vandenberg AFB serves Edwards AFB, Vandenberg AFB, March ARB, Los Angeles AFB and the surrounding areas of Central and Southern California.
To request SVC support, call (805) 606-1521
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
SAPR Victim Advocate