Sexual Assault Definition
Sexual Assault is intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit any of these acts. Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values. DoDI 6495.02.
Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or age of victim.
What is a SARC or VA ?
SARC & VA’s are trained to support survivors of sexual assault.
We can help you file an unrestricted or restricted report and will support whatever decision you feel is right for you.
We respect your right to privacy and confidentiality, subject only to the laws requiring disclosure.
We will listen without attributing blame or judgment. We know that no one deserves to be victimized and that regardless of how it happened,
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.
We serve as your advocate throughout your healing process. We respond compassionately with personalized services and act on behalf of your stated needs.
We can help with referrals to other resources or services.
Communications with SARCs /VAs are Confidential !
176 WG Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
176 WG Victim Advocates (VA)
Lt. Col. Sharyl Worrell
Senior Master Sgt. Malone
Tech. Sgt. Ceja Farfan
Tech. Sgt. Heard
Staff Sgt. Richard
Staff Sgt. Stahr
Staff Sgt. White
176TH WING SAPR HOTLINE
Ms. Ashley Shelton
JFHQ Victim Advocate (VA)
Ms. Heather Rogers
24 HR Toll Free
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Consent is words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity.
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.
Restricted (Confidential) Reporting Policy permits adult victims of sexual assault to report the crime to specified individuals (SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel) who can then ensure the victim receives healthcare (medical and mental health), advocacy services (from a SARC or SAPR VA), and legal advice (from a Special Victims' Counsel) without notifying command or law enforcement officials.
Unrestricted Reporting, option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who desire an official investigation and command notification in addition to healthcare, victim advocacy and legal services.
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.