Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
What questions will I be asked when I call or walk-in?
Where is the SARC/ART located?
Who will I talk to when I come in for my appointment?
What information will my chain of command have access to?
Will getting assistance affect my commissioning/PQ status?
Who is a mandatory reporter?
What Happens After Reporting a Sexual Assault?
What is Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting?
Who May Make a Restricted Report?
Who May Not Make a Restricted Report?
Who May Receive a Restricted Report?
What is the SARC's Role?
What is a Victim Advocate?
No, the SARC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone at 333-7272. If you are aware that an alleged sexual assault may have occurred, please contact the SARC immediately to get the necessary assistance and to preserve your reporting options. For routine matters, you may call anytime or visit the SARC offices during duty hours (M-F 0730-1630). You may also call 333-7272 to schedule an appointment.
The SARC will ask very general questions to determine how best to assist you. Questions could include a general inquiry about the incident, whether it occurred on or off base, the date and time of the incident, how you were involved, whether you are in danger, what steps you have taken so far, and how you are doing. The purpose of these questions is to ascertain the nature of your incident, get you the necessary medical and emotional help and preserve your reporting options. The questions are not meant to embarrass you and great strides are taken to put you at ease. Most importantly, your communication with the SARC is confidential.
The SARC and ART offices are located in the northwest corner of Arnold Hall, nearest to the ballroom.
Please remember that all communication with the SARC is confidential. You will first talk with the SARC. Depending on the circumstances, the SARC may also have you speak with an assigned victim advocate. If you so choose, you will have the option to speak with an OSI and or legal representative to answer questions about the investigative or legal processes.
Your Chain of Command will not have access to any information if you file a restricted report. However, if you elect to file an unrestricted report, those members of your Chain of Command with "the need to know" are the only people who will have knowledge that you are working with the SARC and that an alleged sexual assault has occurred. For cadets: Members of your Chain of Command do not include your cadet leadership.
Visits to the SARC will not negatively impact your commissioning or PQ status. Getting assistance from the SARC as early as possible may help in reducing or preventing the escalation of problems or issues.
AOCs/AMTs, First Sergeants and Commanders are all MANDATORY REPORTERS. It is crucial to first talk to the SARC to maintain all of your options.
Whether a victim comes forward through restricted or unrestricted channels, the immediate priority is to care for the victim. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and Victim Advocate (VA) are trained first responders that can help a victim understand the dynamics of sexual assault, put them in touch with other helping agencies to facilitate recovery and help the victim through the investigative and legal processes. This may include a medical exam at Memorial Hospital if the victim chooses.<
Restricted reporting is intended to give a victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of their personal information, and to empower the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process. Unrestricted reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels to include the victim’s chain of command, law enforcement, and AFOSI or any other investigative service.
Restricted reporting is available only to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty, USAFA cadets, prep school students, and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard), provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status).
Members of the Reserve Component not performing Federal duty are not eligible. Retired members of any component are not eligible. Dependents and DOD civilians are not eligible.
Only SARC's and healthcare providers may receive restricted reports of sexual assault at any time. Consistent with current policy, a report may also be made to a chaplain, but the chaplain will then need to contact the SARC. If a victim elects the restricted reporting option, the SARC and the assigned Victim Advocate are the only persons who will have knowledge that an assault has occurred.
The SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care for USAFA personnel, from initial report through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well–being. The SARC will ensure that you are provided support 24/7/365. SARCs are available worldwide to include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan etc. If you are going to be deployed, we can provide you with contact information prior to your deployment. Here at USAFA, you can reach our SARC at 333–SARC (7272).
Victim Advocates provide support, liaison services and care to the victim. Responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support, including information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions about the case. VA services will continue until the victim states support is no longer needed. The USAFA Victim Advocates can be reached at 492-8775 and/or 492-7588.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, immediately call the SARC:
(available 24/7/365) and follow the below guidelines for preserving evidence.
- Do not bathe, shower or douche.
- Do not change your clothes.
- Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
- Do not use the bathroom, but if you must, save your voided urine for testing at the hospital.
- Do not eat, drink or apply/take any type of medication.
- Do not disturb or clean up the crime scene.