SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE

The SAPR Program reinforces the Air Force's commitment to prevention through the development, implementation and assessment of policies and programs to prevent and respond to sexual assault. These policies and programs are designed to empower Airmen to serve as catalysts for attitude and behavior changes, fostering an environment that cultivates a culture of dignity, mutual respect and trust. Furthermore, the Air Force is committed to introducing comprehensive prevention initiatives with continued focus on building both individual and community collaboration to promote social change. The Air Force's goal is to provide exemplary support throughout victim reporting, response, victim advocacy, investigations and offender accountability when a sexual assault occurs.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault please call the Osan SAPR 24 hour hotline at DSN: 784-7272 or Comm: 031-661-7272. Our office is located in building 937 room 114.

For other resources you can use the DoD Safe Helpline for 24/7 confidential counseling and support. Visit https://safehelpline.org/ or call 877-995-5247 for more information.

 

Some modifications to the SAPR program are starting to flow down to installation level.  Received an email recently from PACAF highlighting some of the changes.  The big ones you and our community need to know that impacts/expands SAPR services are:

Retention period or storage period for restricted report SAFE kits from 5 years to 10 years.  Meaning a restricted report victim who had a SAFE kit done will now have 10 years to convert to unrestricted with SAFE kit evidence to support their case.

The return of a victim’s personal property (example: necklace) collected during a Sexual Assault forensic Exam (SAFE) for Restricted Reports are outlined.

Includes utilizing the new DD Form 2910-3, “Return of Victim’s Personal Property in Restricted Sexual Assault Cases.

Expanded Eligibility to File Restricted Reports and Process for Victims to Decline to Participate in Investigations

Victims covered by DoDI 6495.02, Vol 1 are eligible to file Restricted Reports even if:

They disclosed the sexual assault incident to their commander or to personnel in the chain of command, or

There is an ongoing MCIO investigation into the sexual assault incident initiated by a third party and not due to the victim’s disclosure to law enforcement, or

The MCIO investigation into the sexual assault incident has been closed.  Expanded Eligibility to file a Restricted Report, providing victims did not personally report the sexual assault incident to law enforcement, to include MCIOs, and they did not previously elect to make an Unrestricted Report by signing a DD Form 2910, with a SARC or SAPR VA on the same sexual assault incident -- even if they disclosed the sexual assault incident to their commander or to personnel in the chain of command.

Commanders or Chain of command personnel are still required to report the incident to MCIO

 Non-Participating Victim “Section 540K Declination Letter” for MCIO Investigations

 In MCIO investigations initiated by third-party reports or by command, a victim may submit a “Section 540K Declination Letter” to document his or her decision not to participate in the investigation

The investigation may proceed and can continue without the victim's participation

In situations where a victim’s statement is required to identify the suspect and/or essential to continue the case—the victim's declination to participate may result in the investigation being terminated.

 In cases where a suspect has been identified, military law and policy requires the investigation to continue—despite the victim's wishes

Updates to Eligibility for the Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program

Adult sexual assault victims who file, or have already filed, an Unrestricted Report with a DD Form 2910 and the identity of their suspect was not disclosed by the victim or not uncovered by law enforcement to include MCIOs (e.g., third-party report with no suspect identification). 

For Unrestricted Reports, information received via CATCH will not trigger a new investigation unless the victim(s) now agree to participate in the investigation.

Our SAPR community are waiting on additional clarity from HAF and PACAF.  We are scheduled to get a more in-depth briefing on 24 January 2022, but happy to answer questions you may have with the information I have so far.  

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED

1. Call the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at 784-7272/SARC or 031-661-7272 from a cell phone. This hotline is answered 24/7 and is confidential. You can also call the Osan Air Base Operator or Command Post and ask to be connected to the SARC. 

2. It is recommended that you follow these guidelines: 
- Go to a safe location away from the attacker. 
- Call 911 if you are in an emergency situation or need immediate medical attention.
- Do not change clothes, but if you feel you must, bring soiled clothing in a paper bag--not plastic 
- Do not eat or drink anything 
- Do not shower, brush your teeth or use mouthwash 
- Do not take or apply any type of medication to any injuries 
- Do not use the bathroom, but if you must, bring urine in for testing in a plastic or glass container 
- Do not disturb or clean up the crime scene 

3. Go to the 51st Medical Group Emergency Room for medical care and a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, if you choose. The ER Staff will notify the SARC if you haven't already.

REPORTING OPTIONS

Restricted Reporting Option allows a victim to report a Sexual Assault without triggering a law enforcement investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. A Restricted Report also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process. 

Unrestricted Reporting Option will initiate a law enforcement investigation for the sexual assault incident. If a report of sexual assault is made to a commander, first sergeant,  a member of your chain of command, Security Forces, and/or Air Force Office of Special Investigation the report will automatically be an Unrestricted Report. 

Who is eligible?
All Active Duty Military
DoD Civilians
Dependents over the age of 18
Reserve & Guard on orders
Any SARC, SAPR Victim Advocate, Medical or Mental Health Provider can take a Restricted or Unrestricted Report of Sexual Assault.

SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL

The Special Victim's Counsel program began in January 2013 to give victims of sexual assault a voice.

The purpose of the SVC is to provide legal advice, protect the rights and privacy of victims, and empower victims as they engage with the military justice process. Any information given to the SVC attorney or paralegal is CONFIDENTIAL. Your attorney can represent you during interviews, Article 32 hearings, and court martial proceedings.

For military sexual assault survivors, a Special Victims' Counsel  and Special Victims' Paralegal team provides legal representation. For sexual assault survivors, an SVC must be requested by the victim and/ or granted in cases where the person requesting services meets eligibility criteria, or when exceptional circumstances warrant the provision of services.

Special Victims' Counsel is available to military personnel with both RESTRICTED and UNRESTRICTED reports.

Who can be represented?
- All active duty Air Force members regardless of a perpetrator's status
- Active duty Air Force adult and minor dependents if the perpetrator is Air Force
- Civilians (only if eligible for legal assistance) if the perpetrator is Air Force All active duty members from another service will be forwarded to the respective branches SVCs.



The SVC and Paralegal representatives for Osan Air Base can be reached at DSN 784-3290 

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

DoD DEFINITION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT 

Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, 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, indecent assault or attempts to commit these acts. 

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or the age of the 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.

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