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Health and Fitness

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Reporting Options

6 Things You Need to Know

April 2017 is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission. The Difference Starts with You. Step Up and Step In to Stop Sexual Assault."

It is important to know what your reporting options are if you are victim of sexual assault. Here are six things you need to know and understand about your reporting options.

1. Restricted Reporting
Restricted reporting gives a victim time and opportunity to get information about available services and fully explore his or her rights, so he or she can make informed decisions without the pressure of an investigation or any legal processes. Once a victim becomes fully informed about the services available to him or her, he or she may elect to change his or her restricted report to an unrestricted report.

Restricted reports can be reported to a SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or health care personnel to include Fleet and Family Support Center counselors. Available services include victim advocacy, medical care, a sexual assault forensic exam, counseling, legal assistance and chaplain support. A restricted report does not trigger an investigation.

2. Unrestricted Reporting
The unrestricted reporting option triggers an official investigation of the allegations, command notification, Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) rights and additional command protective actions, and allows eligible sexual assault victims access to SAPR advocacy services, chaplain support, medical treatment, legal services, and counseling.

All unrestricted reports of alleged sexual assault involving adult victims and alleged offenders will be reported regardless of any military affiliation or status of the victim or alleged offender.

3. Available for:
Service members who are on active duty

National Guard (NG) and Reserve Component (RC) members who are sexually assaulted when performing active service

Military dependents 18 years and older

Navy ROTC midshipmen who report sexual assaults that occurred while they were in an active duty status (i.e., summer training, drill status)

Unrestricted Reports and limited SAPR services (the assistance of a SARC and a SAPR VA while undergoing emergency care OCONUS) are available for:

DoD civilian employees and their family dependents 18 years of age and older when they are stationed or performing duties OCONUS and eligible for treatment in the Military Health System (MHS) at military installations or facilities OCONUS

U.S. citizen DoD contractor personnel when they are authorized to accompany the Military Services in a contingency operation OCONUS and their U.S. citizen employees

4. Services Available
Victim advocacy, medical care, sexual assault forensic exam, counseling, legal assistance and chaplain support are services available for both reporting options.

5. Benefits and Limitations of Restricted Reporting
The benefits of restricted reporting include the victim having control of the release and management of his/her personal information and having SAPR services to include counseling, chaplain, medical, victims' legal counsel, and other legal resources without violating victim confidentiality. If a restricted report is initially made, it can be changed to an unrestricted report at a later date. Limitations include the victim not being able to receive command support and assistance and protective actions.

6. Benefits and Limitations of Unrestricted Reporting

The benefits of unrestricted reporting include SAPR services such as counseling, chaplain, medical, victims' legal counsel, and other legal resources and VWAP rights and additional command protective actions. If an unrestricted report is initially made, it cannot be changed to a restricted report.

To view the SAAPM Toolkit, click here.

For more information, view OPNAVINST 1752.1C
Infographic by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Enright, Defense Media Activity