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Air Force extends SAPR services to AF civilians

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PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force released a policy memo, Aug. 18, 2015, allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation's sexual assault response coordinator.

This policy is effective immediately and allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians who report sexual assaults by providing crisis intervention and advocacy services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The new eligibility allows civilians to file either an unrestricted report, which will allow notification to both their unit leadership and, as appropriate, either military or civilian law enforcement for investigation and possible prosecution, or a restricted report, which will be kept confidential. Reporting for civilians is purely voluntary; there is no mandated reporting. 

Civilians wishing to report will fill out a DD Form 2910, electing either the restricted or unrestricted reporting option, and will be assigned a Victim Advocate, if they wish. Civilian victims will still be referred to the Women's Center of Brevard for counseling services, and Sexual Assault Forensic Exams will continue to be performed by Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS,) sponsored by the Florida State Attorney General's Office.  While the Air Force is still not able to offer either Special Victims Counsel legal services or expedited transfers at this time, this is still a big step forward in providing care for all Airmen. 

Here, at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS, the 24-hour hotline number for reporting sexual assault is (321) 494-7272(SARC). If civilian victims choose not to report a sexual assault to the base SARC, direct assistance can be obtained by calling the SAVS 24-hour rape helpline at (321) 784-4357 (HELP).  For more information, questions or concerns, contact the SARC office at (321) 494-4017/7362.