Sexual Assault is the most under reported crime in our society and in the military. While the Department of Defense prefers complete reporting of sexual assaults to activate both victims' services and law enforcement actions, it recognizes that some victims desire only medical and support services and no command or law enforcement involvement. The Department believes its first priority is for victims to be protected, treated with dignity and respect, and to receive the medical treatment, care and counseling that they deserve. Under DoD's Confidentiality Policy, military victims of sexual assault have two reporting options - Restricted reporting and Unrestricted reporting. Military retirees, dependents, and other civilian victims currently may use only unrestricted reporting.
Restricted reporting allows victims of sexual assault to receive appropriate treatment, victim advocacy, and counseling services without triggering a formal report to PMO, NCIS, and the chain of command. Restricted Reporting protects the victim's identity and, except in the rarest of instances, assures absolute confidentiality.
Unrestricted reporting allows victims of sexual assault to receive appropriate medical treatment, victim advocacy, and counseling services. Unrestricted Reporting informs the victim's chain of command, affords maximum protection of the victim from his or her offender, and ensures a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the assault in order to hold offenders accountable for their criminal conduct.
In order to make a fully informed choice between restricted versus unrestricted reporting, speak to your Uniformed Victim Advocate, speak with any of the civilian victim advocates at Family Advocacy Center (760) 799-0273, or speak with your SARC. Once you inform law enforcement officials or a representative from your command, a restricted report is no longer an option.
Protect your right to privacy by understanding your reporting options before you discuss your personal situation with anyone else - someone who may be compelled by the Uniform Code of Military Justice or other governing regulations to report the crime.
|To confidentially reach a SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 call (760) 799-0273