Sexual Assault

  Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values.

Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual conduct, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.  
 
  The WPAFB SARC Office is located at:

Area A, Building 8
The Arnold House
5082 Wright Avenue
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433

(937)257-SARC (7272) or 
(937) 689-2154 (24/7) 

88.abw.cvk@us.af.mil
 
   

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: 

Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates are available at major DOD installations to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care 24/7, 365 days a year. The SARC Office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the installation.

 

If you've been assaulted

  1. Go to a safe location.

2. Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Ask health care personnel to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) to preserve forensic evidence. 
  • If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected.
3. Preserve all evidence of the assault. Do not bathe, wash your hands or brush your teeth. Do not clean or straighten up the crime scene.

4. Write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.

5. Contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or health care provider. You may also contact your chain of command or law enforcement (military or civilian). Keep in mind that if you do, an investigation will occur and you will not have the option of making a Restricted Report. 
 

Reporting a Sexual Assault

  Step 1
Call 911 if emergency care is needed. Call 257-9111 if you are on base.

Step 2
If no emergency medical care is needed, contact your SARC first:

(937) 257-SARC (7272) or (937) 689-2154 (24/7)
88.abw.cvk@us.af.mil

Step 3
If you go to WPAFB Hospital for medical care:
  • Your healthcare provider will call the SARC.
  • Your SARC or Victim Advocate will explain your reporting options.
Restricted Reporting
  • Active Duty/Dependents 18+ only
  • CONFIDENTIAL
  • Will NOT contact law enforcement or commander
  • Medical care IF survivor goes to WPAFB Hospital
  • CAN collect evidence
  • CAN go Unrestricted
Unrestricted Reporting
  • All Personnel
  • Discreet, "Need to Know"
  • Law enforcement and/or commander WILL be notified
  • Medical care at any hospital
  • Evidence collected
  • CANNOT go Restricted
 
 

UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING OPTIONS

  Restricted Reporting
This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and services without triggering the official investigative process. Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate (VA), or a healthcare personnel.

Healthcare personnel will initiate the appropriate care and treatment, and report the sexual assault to the SARC in lieu of reporting the assault to law enforcement or the chain of command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign an advocate to the victim. The assigned Victim Advocate will provide accurate information on the process of restricted and/or unrestricted reporting.

At the victim's discretion/request an appropriately trained healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. In the absence of a Department of Defense provider, the Service member will be referred to an appropriate civilian facility for the SAFE.
           
Who May Make A Restricted Report
Restricted reporting is available at this time only to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status). Military dependents 18 years of age and older who are eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system, at installations in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside of the continental United States (OCONUS), and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner may make a Restricted Report. Retired members of any component are not eligible. Members of the Reserve Component not performing Federal duty are not eligible. Department of Defense civilian employees are not eligible.

Considerations when Electing a Restricted Report
  • You receive appropriate medical treatment, advocacy, and counseling. · Provides some personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.
  • Empowers you to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation.
  • You control the release and management of your personal information.
  • You decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.
  • Unrestricted Reporting
This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, referral services and an official investigation of the crime. When selecting unrestricted reporting, you should use current reporting channels, e.g. chain of command, law enforcement or report the incident to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or request healthcare personnel to notify law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign a Victim Advocate (VA). At the victim's discretion/request, healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.  Note: Additional Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting considerations can be further discussed with your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or VA.

Role of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is considered the center of gravity when it comes to ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care. They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care. The term Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is a standardized term utilized throughout the Department of Defense and the Services to facilitate communication and transparency regarding sexual assault response capability.

Role of the Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate (VA) provides essential support and care to the victim to include providing non-clinical information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions as they progress through resolution and healing. The VA maintains communications and contact with victim as needed for continued victim support.