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.
Recent Changes to the SAPR Program:
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.
Safe to Report
Safe to Report guidance was issued to provide victims of sexual assault the ability to safely report their assault without fear of punitive or administrative action associated with minor misconduct surrounding the sexual assault incident. An example of minor misconduct is underage drinking at the time of the sexual assault.
Reports of Sexual Harassment
The SAPR office can now provide military members restricted and unrestricted reporting of sexual harassment. The intent is to provide support services for military members who experienced sexual harassment. These services include things like providing a victim advocate for confidential, emotional support. They also include referral services, such as: Victim’s Counsel, Mental Health, Medical and Chaplain support. This new addition for our SAPR professionals does not eliminate or replace the Equal Opportunity office's very important role for military member’s ability to make a formal or informal report of sexual harassment but works along side EO to provide support to victims. The SAPR Office’s role of taking a restricted or unrestricted report is simply to provide support agency referrals and victim advocacy to help the military member cope with the aftermath of being sexually harassed.