Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

Reporting Options

REPORTING A SEXUAL ASSAULT

Victims of sexual assault covered under DoD SAPR policy have the option to file an unrestricted or restricted report.
 

Restricted Report:

  • Enables members to report allegations of sexual assault to specified personnel (Chaplain, SARC, Victim Advocate, military medical providers) without triggering an investigation
  • Complete confidentiality; chain-of-command is NOT notified
  • Access to medical care, counseling, legal assistance, and Victim Advocate support
  • Gives victim time and increased control over the release and management of personal information; may convert to unrestricted report
  • Empowers victim to gain valuable information and the support needed to make an informed decision about participating in criminal prosecution
  • LIMITATIONS: Does not allow for expedited transfers, military protection orders, or ability to hold perpetrator accountable

Unrestricted Report:

  • This is any report of a sexual assault made through traditional reporting channels, ie: victim’s chain-of-command, police
  • Access to medical care, counseling, legal assistance, and Victim Advocate support
  • Limited confidentiality: Details of the allegation will be provided only to those who have a legitimate need-to-know
  • Law enforcement investigation enhances opportunity to hold perpetrator accountable
  • Victim may request expedited transfer, military protection order
  • LIMITATIONS: Cannot change to restricted report; may not be enough evidence to convict perpetrator, investigation/court proceedings may be lengthy​
Revised: 8/11/2015 6:25