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The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Air Force's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through awareness and prevention training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. The Air Force promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes. 

Sexual assault is criminal conduct. It falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform. Specifically, it violates Air Force Core Values. Inherent in our core values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do is respect: self-respect, mutual respect and respect for our Air Force as an institution. 

Our core values and respect are the foundation of our wingman culture -- a culture in which we look out for each other and take care of each other. Incidents of sexual assault corrode the very fabric of our wingman culture; therefore, we must strive for an environment where this type of behavior is not tolerated and where all Airmen are respected.

sexual assault defineD

Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual conduct, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim. 

Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Local resources

 

Internet resources 

 NHS (National Healthcare System) Help after Rape and Sexual Assault 
 http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx

 Find a Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 
http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Rape%20and%20sexual%20assault%20referral%20centres/LocationSearch/364 

 Nearest Off Base Crisis Centers
 
 RAF Alconbury/RAF Molesworth/RAF Wyton
 The Elms - Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 http://www.theelmssarc.org/

 RAF Croughton
 Serenity - Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 http://www.serenitynorthants.co.uk/

 Northwood/PJHQ/Bleinheim Crescent
 Sunflower - Sexual Assault Referral Centre

 RAF Fairford
 Hope House - Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 http://www.hopehouse.nhs.uk/sexual-assault/

 RAF Welford
 The New Swindon Sanctuary - Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 http://www.swindonsanctuary.co.uk/

 Stavanger, Norway
 Rape Crisis Unit at Stavanger Emergency Medical Centre
 http://www.stavanger.kommune.no/no/Engelsk/Health-and-social-care/
 
 RAF Menwith Hill
 The West Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre

 RAF Digby 
 Spring Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre
 http://www.springlodge.org/

reporting options

The Air Force has instituted avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.

Restricted Reporting allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, Chaplains or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.


- Command is NOT notified
- No Investigation
- Support Services (medical treatment, emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA)
- Unrestricted Reporting is still an option
- Intended to give the survivor time and control over the release of their information

Who can take a restricted report:
- SARC or SAPR VA
- Chaplains
- Healthcare personnel

Restricted Reporting is available for:
 - All Service members 
 - APF & NAF Civilians  
 - Dependents over the age of 18

Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (for example: reports to chain of command, security forces, and/or Air Force Office of Investigation). This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.

- Command IS notified
- Investigation
- Support Services (medical treatment, emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA)
- Restricted Report is no longer an option

Who can take an unrestricted report: 
- SARC or SAPR VA  
- Healthcare personnel  
- Law Enforcement   
- Chain of Command                                                                                                                                                                             

Unrestricted Reporting is available for:
 - All Service members 
 - APF & NAF Civilians
 - Dependents over the age of 18

Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.