Military Sexual Assault Prevention And Response Program
SAPR victims attorneys are active military and civilian DoD personnel selected for the program by completing a 40-hour training course. About 20 accredited SAPR Victim Attorneys (SAPR-VAs) support victims and volunteers who have the maturity and experience to help in sensitive situations.
The Family Advocacy Program manages allegations of sexual assault against alleged perpetrators and partners in marriage, domestic partnerships with the same sex, unmarried intimate partnerships, and military dependents who are 17 years or younger. In addition, it supports adult victims of sexual assault, perpetrators, and others, regardless of whether the victim is a spouse or same-sex partner.
Under the Public Safety Command, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) must notify the chief of operations of an attack and provide details but not identify the victim of the sexual assault. The SARC must also inform the commander of the facility where the attack occurred and provide identification information about the victim. In addition, a specific person must ensure that the victim receives medical care, treatment, and counseling and inform law enforcement agencies, including SARC, victims’ attorneys, VA health care providers, and chaplains.
Military Sexual Assault Prevention
Victims will receive medical treatment and support, but the victim advocates will not report them to the police or their chain of command. Instead, when the victim is referred to a victim lawyer, they give the victim options for what they can do to help them seek the care and support they need. Limited reports are reported to the SARC victim advocate or health care provider or, in the same case, to a military chaplain and may include a confidentiality clause.
Victims who opt for a full report will access all SAPSR services, including victim counseling, support, medical care, counseling, and victim advocate services (VLC). In addition, if the victim’s commander is aware of the report, the victim can also access additional services such as expedited transfers and military protection orders. A restricted report can be a good option for victims who want access to these services but do not want to participate in a criminal investigation unless their command is informed of their report.
Victims can report this to law enforcement, health care providers, chaplains in their chain of command, SARC, SAPS, and SAPS advocates. A full report will trigger an investigation, and military law enforcement will bring the perpetrators to justice, and the military command will guarantee the safety of the victims. In addition, when victims decide against an official investigation, reporting provides commanders with a clear picture of sexual violence in their command and improves their ability to create a safe environment that contributes to the well-being and readiness of their commanders.
Military Sexual Assault Response
If a service member or cadet wishes to restrict reporting, please use one of the following reporting options: SARC victim advocate, chaplain, health care provider, AOC, AMT (not in the chain of command), or OsI staff. Communication between a victim and a person other than sexual assault prevention and response victim advocate (SARC), SAPS, VA chaplain, victim legal counsel (VLC), or health care workers is not confidential and does not enjoy protection from racial harassment. SARCs and victims’ attorneys are responsible for laws, directives from the Department of Defense and the Air Force to protect confidentiality and limit unfettered reporting.
California requires you to report to the state when reporting sexual assault to a facility or military treatment facility (MTF), so make sure you speak to the SAPS and the VA to help maintain limited reporting options. Provide information on available options and resources to help victims make an informed decision. Contact a SAPS Victim Advocate on duty 24 hours a day, where you can talk to a Victim Advocate to find out about reporting opportunities and available resources.
Military personnel 18 years of age or older are entitled to treatment by the military health system. Assistance in navigating the military and civil, criminal justice system (s) if the victim wishes to involve law enforcement. It is essential to know that veterans who report incidents receive sexual trauma counseling.
The Safe Helpline for Sexual Assault Support in the DoD Community operates through the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and the Safe Helpline website provides a link to an online helpline live, confidential, 24/7 online support and the Safe Helpline info text with general information on sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Prevention Office
Under the direction of the SARPO (sexual assault prevention and response office) of the Department of Defense (DoD), The Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) at the United States Air Force Academy (SAPR) provides victim counseling, prevention education, training and outreach to USAF Headquarters, cadets “wings, faculties, sports departments, 10 Air Force bases, preparatory schools and other mission partners. SAPR is led by a program manager consisting of two Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and a Deputy SARC at the DoD, a civilian victim advocate, and a volunteer victim advocate. The SAPR program is sharp in that it reinforces military commitment to eradicating sexual assault incidents through comprehensive strategies focused on education, prevention, training and education, victim care and response, reporting, and accountability.
Due to confidentiality and military regulations, the three certified support victims of sexual assault may provide a restricted or full report on the incident. In addition, military personnel, family members, and other civilian victims can report without restriction. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office prefers full reporting but acknowledges that some victims want medical assistance or the involvement of commanders or law enforcement agencies.
Communication between victims and another person (e.g., Roommate, friend, family member) does not prevent them from deciding to file a restricted complaint. Victims can report the attack to a friend who is not in their direct chain of command and have the option to restrict reporting to that person to keep the information confidential.