Sexual Assault is a crime. It is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat, or abuse of authority or when a victim does not or cannot consent.
Each Military Service maintains a comprehensive worldwide 24/7 response capability through two key channels of support. Victim Advocates provide victims essential non-clinical support and information on available options and resources, and also maintain communication and contact with the victim as needed for continued victim support.
Military installations may also have agreements with civilian providers for off-base services.
Restricted Reporting allows victims to receive advocacy support, medical treatment, counseling, and a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) without triggering a criminal investigation or being personally identified in subsequent command notification. With Restricted Reporting, victims can access resources and care while weighing their option to participate in a criminal investigation at a later time.
If a victim chooses Unrestricted Reporting, a report is filed through normal reporting channels including the victim’s chain of command, law enforcement, and legal personnel to maximize accountability of sexual assault perpetrators.
No matter how long it’s been since you were sexually assaulted, your DoD support system is here for you! If you require an advocate or have questions an advocate can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 202-258-6717.
- SARC (202) 685-1171 (office) or (202) 257-0843 (cellular phone)
- Victim Advocate if you have been assaulted and need help, please contact:
- NDW Victim Advocate (202) 258-6717
- NNMC Victim Advocate 1-866-295-4913 pin #1305152
- BUMED SAPR Point of Contact/Victim Advocate (703) 681-9281
(Last Modified - June 6, 2012)