- is the intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, physical threat, abuse of authority, coercion or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
- Includes rape, non-consensual sexual acts, and intimate partner sexual violence
- Is a crime punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
- Can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or age of the victim.
- Enables military personnel to report allegations of sexual assault to specific people, WITHOUT TRIGGERING AN INVESTIGATION
- Initial contact must be with the SARC, OR the Unit Victim Advocate (UVA), OR Chaplain, OR Medical personnel.
- Allows confidential access to medical care, counseling, and a UVA.
- Allows the victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of personal information.
- Empowers the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participation in the investigative process.
- Not applicable to family members, civilians and retired military personnel.
- Any report of a sexual assault made through normal military channels which includes the victim’s chain of command, law enforcement and the criminal investigative services.
- The investigative process is initiated.
- The SARC will be notified and assign a Unit Victim Advocate (UVA), if desired.
- Details of the allegations will be provided only to those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
- "Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner"
- "Sexual Assault Forensics Exam"