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Military Response to Sexual Assault

In June 2012, Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice was revised to reflect the crimes of sexual assault. A comprehensive list of legal definitions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) may be found at JSC Defense Department Department  

Studies show that sexual assault is the most under reported violence crime in the United States and the military is no different. The Department of Defense (DoD) goal is to establish a climate of confidence that encourages victims to report sexual assault and hold offenders accountable. DoD has attempted to increase sexual assault reporting by giving victims additional options of making a Restricted Report. This option allows a service ember who is sexually assaulted to disclose his/her assault to specifically identified personnel without triggering an investigative process.

Review of definitions:

  • Restricted Reporting is the reporting option that enables an active duty sexual assault victim to report or disclose that he or she is the victim of a sexual assault to specific officials on a confidential basis and receive medical treatment, advocacy and counseling without triggering the official investigative process.  A Restricted Report will automatically be changed to an Unrestricted Report if at any time base security, law enforcement, or the command learn the identify of a sexual assault victim who has elected a Restricted Report.
  • Unrestricted Reporting is the reporting option for a victim of sexual assault to disclose, without requesting confidentiality or Restricted Reporting, the he/she is the victim of a sexual assault. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provided to healthcare providers, the SARC or VA, command authorities, or other persons are reportable to law enforcement. This option triggers the official investigative process.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Sexual Violence in the Military, A Guide for Civilian Advocates - Provides advocates working in community-based sexual assault programs with an understanding of sexual violence in the military.

DOD Safe Helpline COD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247 - As part of the ongoing effort by DoD to encourage service members to report sexual assault and access service, the SAFE Helpline was established.  Military personnel, Reservists and Veterans can access this number anywhere in the world.

Ohio National Guard State Sexual Assault Response  or call 1-844-OHIO-HELP, 614-296-5401, or 614-336-4304 (Ohio’s Sexual Violence Helpline)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 937-257-SARC (7272)

Ohio Vet Health Center Assessment and referral for sexual trauma counseling is available at all sites listed.  On-site counseling is available at selected Vet Centers across the country.