Do I need an appointment or a referral?No. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone at 719-333-7272. If you are aware that a sexual assault may have occurred, contact the SARC immediately to get the necessary assistance and to preserve your reporting options. For routine matters, you may call anytime or visit the SARC office during duty hours (weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). You may also call 719-333-7272 to schedule an appointment.
What are restricted and unrestricted reporting?Restricted reporting is intended to give a victim increased control over the release and management of his or her personal information and to empower the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participating in the investigative and legal processes.
Unrestricted reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels such as a victim's supervisor, first sergeant or commander, law enforcement agencies, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations or any other investigative service.
What happens after I report a sexual assault?Whether a victim comes forward through restricted or unrestricted channels, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator's immediate priority is providing care for the victim. The SARC and victim advocate are trained first responders who can help victims understand the dynamics of sexual assault, put them in touch with other helping agencies and help them through the investigative and legal processes. This may include a medical examination at a local hospital if the victim so chooses.
What information will my chain of command have access to?Your chain of command will not have access to any information if you file a restricted report. However, if you elect to file an unrestricted report, those in your chain of command who have a "need to know" are the only people who will be informed of your case. Members of cadet leadership do not have "need to know" and will not be informed.
What is a victim advocate?Victim advocates are volunteers who provide support, liaison services and victim care. Responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support, including information on available options and resources to assist victims in making informed decisions about their cases. Victim advocate services continue until the victim states that he or she no longer needs support. Air Force Academy victim advocates can be reached at 719-333-8775 or 719-333-7588.
What is the SARC's role?The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care for Air Force Academy personnel from the initial report through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well being. The SARC ensures that victims receive support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
SARCs are available worldwide and have offices in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout Southwest Asia. If you are preparing for a deployment, the SARC can provide you with contact information before you depart. You may contact the Academy SARC at 719-333-7272.
What questions will I be asked when I call or walk in?The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will ask very general questions to determine how best to assist you. Questions may include general inquiries into a sexual assault incident, whether it occurred on or off base, the date and time that it occurred, how you were involved, whether you are in danger, what steps you have taken so far and how you are doing. The purpose of these questions is to ascertain the nature of the incident, get you the necessary medical and emotional assistance and preserve your reporting options. The questions are not met to embarrass you, and the SARC will take great strides to ensure you are at ease. Most importantly, your communication with the SARC is confidential.
Where is the SARC located?The SARC and Academy Response Team offices are in the northwest corner of Arnold Hall nearest to the ballroom.
Who can and cannot make a restricted report?Restricted reporting is available only to military personnel, including servicemembers on active duty, Air Force Academy cadets, prep school students and servicemembers in the Reserve or National Guard who are performing federal duty.
Members of the Reserve component who are not performing federal duty are not eligible to make restricted reports. Family members, retired servicemembers and Department of Defense civilians also are ineligible to file a restricted report.
Who is a mandatory reporter?Air officers commanding, Academy military trainers, first sergeants and commanders are all mandatory reporters, meaning that they must file an unrestricted report if you inform them of a sexual assault incident. If you have been sexually assaulted, talk to the SARC first to maintain all your reporting options.
Who may receive a restricted report?Only Sexual Assault Response Coordinators or healthcare providers may receive restricted reports of sexual assault. Consistent with current policy, a report may also be made to a chaplain, but the chaplain will then need to contact the SARC. If a victim elects the restricted reporting option, the SARC and the assigned victim advocate are the only people who will have knowledge that an assault has occurred.
Whom will I meet and talk to when I come in for my appointment?You will first talk with the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Depending on the circumstances, the SARC may also have you speak with an assigned victim advocate. If you choose, you may also speak with an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent and/or a legal representative to answer questions about the investigative or legal processes.
Will receiving assistance affect my commissioning or pilot-qualified status?Visits to the SARC will not negatively impact your commissioning or pilot-qualified status. Getting help from the SARC as early as possible may help in preventing or reducing the escalation of problems or issues.