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Our vision is to establish a national benchmark for recovery and eliminate sexual assault through empowered and engaged Airmen. To accomplish that goal, we educate, advocate and collaborate through our Sexual Assault Prevention and Response teams at all Air Force installations to respond to and stop sexual assault and its harmful effects on the Air Force.

SARC Refresher Training, Chicago IL

Victim advocates during the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Victim advocate small group discussion at the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Lauren Taylor (defendyourself.org) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Jessica Patten (SAPR Victim Advocate) (left) and Ms. Ashley Willey (SAPR Victim Advocate) (right) of Hill Air Force Base, Utah receiving the Exceptional Team Award for 2018 from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder (middle) at the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Jessica Patten (SAPR Victim Advocate) (left) and Ms. Ashley Willey (SAPR Victim Advocate) (right) of Hill Air Force Base, Utah receiving the Exceptional Team Award for 2018 at the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Elenah Kelly of Pope Army Air Field, North Carolina receiving her Exceptional SAPR Victim Advocate of the Year from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder at the August 2019 Air Force SAPR VA refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Heather Irmie (Catharsis Productions) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Gail Stern (Catharsis Productions) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Samantha Koury (Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Major Richard Hanrahan (The Judge Advocate General School) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Jackson Katz (Mentors in Violence Prevention) presenting at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Triliza Trent managing the sign-in table at August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Jiri Crowder, A1Z Deputy Director, making the opening comments at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Edie Davis (Lead SARC) (right middle) and Ms. Susan Bradford (SARC) (left middle) of Hill Air Force Base, Utah receiving the Exceptional Team Award for 2018 from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder (left) and A1Z Division Chief Ms. Maritza Sayle-Walker (right) at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Edie Davis (Lead SARC) (right) and Ms. Susan Bradford (SARC) (left) of Hill Air Force Base, Utah receiving the Exceptional Team Award for 2018 from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder (middle) at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Edie Davis (Lead SARC) (middle) and Ms. Susan Bradford (SARC) (left) of Hill Air Force Base, Utah receiving the Exceptional Team Award for 2018 the August Air Force 2019 SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois with Ms. Maritza Sayle-Walker, A1Z Division Chief (right).
Dr. Mamie Futrell of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina receiving her Air Force exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Mamie Futrell (middle) of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina receiving her Air Force exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year with the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder (left) and Ms. Maritza Sayle-Walker (A1Z Division Chief) at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Mamie Futrell of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina receiving her Air Force exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year from the A1Z Deputy Director, Ms. Jiri Crowder at the August 2019 Air Force SARC refresher training in Chicago, Illinois.

FAQ

Who is eligible for SAPR support services?
Active duty members, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members and their dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the military health system, and Air Force civilian (appropriated and non-appropriated) employees. SAPR provides support for adult sexual assault victims when the perpetrator is someone other than the victim’s spouse or same sex domestic partner.

The Family Advocacy Program manages sexual assault allegations when the alleged offender is the partner in context of a spousal relationship, same sex domestic partnership, unmarried intimate partner relationship or military dependents who are 17 years of age and younger.

What do SARCs do?
The SARC serves as the installation's primary point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services for eligible recipients. Services may begin at the initial report of sexual assault and continue through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well-being. The SARC reports directly to the installation wing commander (or equivalent) or installation vice wing commander, executing the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program at the installation level. SARCs assist unit commanders as necessary to ensure victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care.

How can I contact my SARC?
Option 1: Visit the DoD Safe Helpline (https://safehelpline.org/search.cfm) and locate the SARC closest to your location.

Option 2: Call your base operator and obtain the phone number for your base SARC.

Option 3: Contact the DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.


Who do I contact for support if I’m deployed to a small forward operating base with no SARC?
Contact the SARC located nearest to you. If you’re unsure where the nearest SARC is, visit the DoD Safe Helpline website (https://safehelpline.org/search.cfm) or call 877-995-5247. The nearest SARC will be able to assist you and assign a volunteer victim advocate at your location if one is available.

Can my restricted report be made unrestricted by someone else?
Your report will remain restricted and confidential. However, if another individual reports your assault to their chain of command or law enforcement, an investigation will be initiated if the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Can I report a sexual assault that happened prior to my military service, on TDY or on leave?
Yes, your SARC will take your report of sexual assault regardless of when or where the assault occurred. If you choose to make your report unrestricted, the SARC will help notify the appropriate law enforcement officials.

Can I report a sexual assault to a SARC from another service or base?
Yes, with the exception of Air Force civilian employees. If you are eligible for SAPR support services, then you can file a report with any DoD SARC regardless of location. However, Air Force civilian employees are currently the only Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for SAPR services, and can only receive SAPR services from Air Force SARCs and SAPR victim advocates.

How do I know my information will be protected if I make a restricted report?
SARCs and SAPR victim advocates are responsible by law and Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions to protect the confidentiality of both restricted and unrestricted reports. SAPR personnel who violate confidentiality rules are subject to the full range of disciplinary action ranging from administrative action to court-martial, depending on the status of the individual in question and the nature of the violation.

How to reporting to a SARC, a SAPR victim advocate or a volunteer victim advocate?
All three are nationally certified to support victims of sexual assault, can take both restricted and unrestricted reports of sexual assault and have confidentiality under military regulations. All can provide exceptional care and support for victims, SARCs and full time SAPR victim advocates also have additional administrative and managerial duties.