What is a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)?
The SARC is a Department of Defense employee who manages the installation Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, serves as the subject matter expert to installation leadership, and coordinates 24/7 victim care and case management for adult (18 years and older) sexual assault victims from initial reporting through legal disposition and resolution. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) manages 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 is a SAPR Victim Advocate (VA)?
A SAPR VA serves as the installation’s primary sexual assault victim advocate, providing support, advocacy, and liaison services to eligible military and civilian sexual assault victims in accordance with DoD and AF policies. SAPR VAs report directly to the SARC.
Who is eligible for SAPR support services?
Active duty members, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members and their dependents (18 years and older) who are eligible for treatment in the military health system, as well as Air Force civilian appropriated and non-appropriated employees.
Can I speak to a Chaplain about sexual assault?
Yes. You may speak to a chaplain any time. Chaplains provide confidential spiritual advice. Although Chaplains do not take official reports of sexual assault, Chaplains can connect you with your local SARC or SAPR VA (at your request).
Can I report a sexual assault to a SARC from another service or base?
If you are eligible for SAPR support services, you may file a report with any DoD SARC regardless of location. However, Air Force civilians are currently the only DoD employees eligible to SAPR services and must engage with Air Force SARCs and SAPR victim advocates (as opposed to other military branches).
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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) - The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE in partnership with more than a thousand local sexual assault service providers across the country. It also operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.
Psychological Health Center of Excellence - PHCoE. Provides psychological health information and connects service members/families with resources. 1-866-966-1020
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) - OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund channels funding for victim compensation and assistance throughout the United States, raises awareness about victims’ issues, promotes compliance with victims’ rights laws, and provides training and technical assistance and publications and products to victim assistance professionals.
American Psychiatric Association - The American Psychiatric Association is the world's largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment.
American Psychological Association - The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.