The Air Force has instituted avenues for reporting sexual assault and sexual harassment in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.
Restricted Reporting allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, Chaplains or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, 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.
Restricted Reporting is available for:
- All Service members and their Dependents over the age of 18.
Restricted Reports can always be converted to an Unrestricted Report at the victim's choosing.
*Expanded eligibility of Restricted Reporting: If the victim discloses a sexual assault to chain of command, they still have the option to file a Restricted Report with the SAPR office. Mandatory reporters are still required to report the information to law enforcement, but the victim can still receive confidential services and decline to participate in an investigation.
Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made to the SAPR office when a victim chooses to participate in an investigation and have chain of command and law enforcement notified. This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling, expedited transfers and protective orders.
Unrestricted Reporting is available for:
- All Service members and their Dependents over the age of 18
- DoD Civilians and their Dependents over the age of 18 (MTF access and/or serving in an OS location)
- Contractors (if supporting in a contingency location outside the continental United States)
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.
The Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response website serves as a great tool for those in need of additional SAPR resources. The information present can be used by commanders, leaders, and supervisors alike for not only preventing sexual assault, but responding to cases and addressing the needs of victims.
On the page, you will find material on the following: SAPR resources, shared practices, leader's toolkit, commander's guide, investigations and reports, and Air Force policies and procedures.
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