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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.
Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual contact characterize 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 Uniform Code of Military Justice (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 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.
The 171st Air Refueling Wing SARC office provides sexual assault response capability for all victims on the installation. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault may contact 24/7 SARC hotline at (412) 580-2632.
After you contact the SARC office, you will be assigned a trained Victim Advocate. Your Victim Advocate will explain reporting options, and may meet you at the hospital for a medical evaluation, treatment and examination. It is your option to accept or decline victim advocacy.
Know Your Reporting Options!
There are two options for reporting sexual assault. Regardless of which is selected, advocacy, medical, counseling, and legal services are available.
A victim may file a restricted report as long as they did not personally report the sexual assault to law enforcement and did not previously elect an unrestricted report. You can file a restricted report with one of these professionals: SARC, VVA & Health Care Personnel without triggering an official law enforcement investigation or notification to command.
A victim may disclose a sexual assault without requesting confidentiality or restricted reporting. A report to law enforcement is made and an official investigative process may be initiated.
***when the alleged perpetrator is the commander or in the victim's chain of command, victims can go outside the chain of command to report the offense to other commanding officers or an Inspector General. Victims can also seek assistance from the DoD Safe Helpline***
Have questions, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or a Volunteer Victim Advocate (WA). We are here for you 24/7, call 412-580-2632.