SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION & RESPONSE
“Sexual assault has no place in our Air Force. We live in a culture of respect. We cherish our core values of integrity, service and excellence. But in order to ensure all Airmen experience and benefit from those values, we must eliminate sexual assault in our ranks.” – Mark Welsh III, General, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff
The United States Air Force Academy Sexual Assault Response Program (SAPR) is under the direction of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and consists of a Deputy SARC, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian Victim Advocates, and volunteer victim advocates. All staff members, including volunteer victim advocates, are nationally certified through the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program.
Under guidance from the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, we provide victim advocacy, prevention education, training and outreach services to HQ USAFA, Cadet Wing, Faculty, Athletic Department, 10 Air Base Wing, Preparatory School and other mission partners.
The fundamentals of sexual assault prevention include:
- Preventing Violence Before it Occurs
- Preventing Perpetration
- Promoting Prevention at Every Level
- Providing Ongoing Prevention Activities
When a victim reports a sexual assault we start our initial response protocol including but not limited to:
- Ensuring the victim understands speaking to a victim advocate is voluntary
- Assessing for imminent danger of life-threatening or physical harm to the victim by himself or herself (suicidal), by another (homicidal), or to another (homicidal).
- Ascertaining the victim’s immediate needs.
- Encouraging the victim to seek medical consultation/care.
- Appropriately explaining each reporting options available to the victim including the exceptions and/or limitations to each.
- Advising victim on the availability to provide ongoing advocacy services for as long as desired.
Ongoing assistance related to recovery from a sexual assault includes but is not limited to:
- Maintain follow-up contact with the victim as requested by the victim.
- Support the victim in decision-making by providing relevant information and discussing available options.
- Supporting the victim in advocating on his or her own behalf.
- Accompany the victim to appointments and civilian and military court proceedings, as appropriate and when requested by the victim.
Victim advocacy is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling our hotline: (719) 333-7272. We respond to calls both on and off base.
Arnold Hall, Suite 180
10 ABW Headquarters Building, Suite 100