Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Information

Per DoD Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy, and DoD Instruction 6495.02, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Procedures:

Definitions of Sexual Assault and Consent

Sexual Assault
: The 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, sodomy, and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful, or attempts to commit these acts.

Consent: 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 assailant's use or 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 due to age, alcohol, drug, or mental incapacity.

Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting

Restricted report: This reporting option does NOT trigger an investigation. The command is notified that "an alleged sexual assault" occurred, but is not given the victim's name or other personally identifying information. Restricted Reporting allows Service members and military dependents who are adult sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel) and receive healthcare treatment and the assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA.

Unrestricted report: This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and SAPR Victim's Advocate (VA)

SARC: The SARC reports directly to the installation wing commander (or equivalent) and executes the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program at the installation level. The SARC serves as the installation's single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services. Services may begin at the initial report of sexual assault and continue through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well-being. The SARC shall assist unit commanders as necessary to ensure victims of sexual assault receive the appropriate responsive care.

SAPR VA: Air Force Victim Advocates provide essential support, liaison services and care to victims of sexual assault. The VA ensures victims continue to receive the necessary care and support until the victim states or SARC determines that support is no longer needed. VA's responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support, including providing information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions about the case. VAs do not provide counseling or other professional services.
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