Sexual harassment and sexual assault violate everything the U.S. Army and Air Force stands for including our military values and Warrior Ethos. The National Guard is aggressively addressing sexual assaults by first focusing on prevention through education and training. National Guard leaders encourage reporting and work hard to reduce the stigma associated with sexual violence. Once reported, the focuses is on care for victims and thorough investigations and prosecutions to hold offenders accountable. The National Guard continually assesses the effectiveness of its sexual harassment/assault response and prevention efforts to ensure the military is meeting the needs of the Soldiers and Airmen, civilians, and family members.
Obtaining Help! Immediate medical care is essential. Get to a safe place and CALL 911. Once medical care has been established, contact the your SAPR or SARC.
Sexual Assault Defined
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. Sexual Assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, 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 Department of Defense has instituted new avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting. Restricted Reporting allows a victim to report a Sexual Assault without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (for example: reports to chain of command, military police/security forces, and/or Air Force Office of Investigation).
Restricted Reporting is available to active duty military, Coast Guard, Reservist performing federal training and members of the National Guard under Title 10 status. Restricted Reporting is also available to military dependents age 18 and over.
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.