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Forensic evidence collection is optimal by early reporting. In addition, medical support, evaluation and treatment are available for any sexually transmitted diseases or physical injuries that may have been inflicted during the assault. Healthcare providers, on and off-base, can support both restricted and unrestricted reports.
The SARC is the primary hub of support for victims of sexual assault. They have established relationships with all the individuals and services you may need. SARCs can receive both restricted and unrestricted reports. No matter which individual you choose to initiate your report with, a SARC will help complete the official report and track your case.
Special Victims’ Counsel are lawyers whose primary mission is to support victims of sexual assault. SVCs can also support victims who have not filed an official report of sexual assault in understanding laws impacting the reporting individual (i.e. underage drinking, other criminal behavior at the time of the assault).
SAPR VAs are individually assigned to support and advocate for victims of sexual assault who have requested their support. Like the SARC, SAPR VAs have established relationships with all support services and can assist victims in navigating available services. Both full time and volunteer victims’ advocates can receive both restricted and unrestricted reports.
Mental healthcare providers are available to support any Airmen in need and communication with mental healthcare providers is protected, which enables them to receive both restricted and unrestricted reports.
Communication with a chaplain is confidential, and chaplains may be able to provide some support for a victim. Chaplains can provide support for Airmen who file both restricted and unrestricted reports.
Security Forces can only support unrestricted reports of sexual assault. Upon receiving notice of an unrestricted report or upon responding to an incident, Security Forces will conduct first responder activities, such as preserving evidence and rendering first aid, and notify the servicing SARC and OSI office to initiate an investigation.
OSI can only support unrestricted reports of sexual assault. Upon receiving notice of a sexual assault, OSI will notify the servicing SARC and initiate an investigation.
Chain of Command
Chain of command – Individuals within the chain of command must report sexual assaults brought to their attention to law enforcement officials, automatically making such reports unrestricted. Upon receiving notice of a sexual assault, individuals in the chain of command will notify the servicing SARC and appropriate law enforcement agencies to initiate an investigation.