156AW SAPR

156AW Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

VISION : Establish a national benchmark for recovery and eliminate sexual assault through empowered and engaged Airmen.

MISSION : The day-to-day mission of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office is to educate, advocate and collaborate to respond to and stop sexual assault and its harmful effects on the Air Force.


Active duty members, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members and their dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the military health system, and Air Force civilian (appropriated and non-appropriated) employees. SAPR provides support for adult sexual assault victims when the perpetrator is someone other than the victim’s spouse or same sex domestic partner.

The Family Advocacy Program manages sexual assault allegations when the alleged offender is the partner in context of a spousal relationship, same sex domestic partnership, unmarried intimate partner relationship or military dependents who are 17 years of age and younger.

The SARC serves as the installation's primary point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services for eligible recipients. Services may begin at the initial report of sexual assault and continue through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim's health and well-being. The SARC reports directly to the installation wing commander (or equivalent) or installation vice wing commander, executing the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program at the installation level. SARCs assist unit commanders as necessary to ensure victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care.

Option 1: The 156th AW SARC, Mr. Victor Thompson, is available 24/7 at (787) 690-6615. You can also reach the Joint Forces Headquarters SARC, MSgt Vanessa Colon also available 24/7 at (787) 667-0742. 

Option 2: Contact the DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.

 

Contact the SARC located nearest to you. If you’re unsure where the nearest SARC is, visit the DoD Safe Helpline website (https://safehelpline.org/search.cfm) or call 877-995-5247. The nearest SARC will be able to assist you and assign a volunteer victim advocate at your location if one is available.

Your report will remain restricted and confidential. However, if another individual reports your assault to their chain of command or law enforcement, an investigation will be initiated if the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Yes, your SARC will take your report of sexual assault regardless of when or where the assault occurred. If you choose to make your report unrestricted, the SARC will help notify the appropriate law enforcement officials.

Yes, with the exception of Air Force civilian employees. If you are eligible for SAPR support services, then you can file a report with any DoD SARC regardless of location. However, Air Force civilian employees are currently the only Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for SAPR services, and can only receive SAPR services from Air Force SARCs and SAPR victim advocates.

SARCs and SAPR victim advocates are responsible by law and Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions to protect the confidentiality of both restricted and unrestricted reports. SAPR personnel who violate confidentiality rules are subject to the full range of disciplinary action ranging from administrative action to court-martial, depending on the status of the individual in question and the nature of the violation. Exceptions - Your report will only be released if it is necessary to prevent a serious or imminent threat to your health or safety or the health and safety of someone else; is ordered by a military, federal or state judge; or is authorized in writing by you. In any instance other than your authorization, the SARC will work with the servicing staff judge advocate to determine whether exceptions to release apply.

 

All three are nationally certified to support victims of sexual assault, can take both restricted and unrestricted reports of sexual assault and have confidentiality under military regulations. All can provide exceptional care and support for victims, SARCs and full time SAPR victim advocates also have additional administrative and managerial duties.

REPORTING OPTIONS Restricted and Unrestricted. RESTRICTED You can notify your base SARC, victims’ advocate, special victims’ counsel, medical provider and healthcare personnel to receive assistance while still keeping your report confidential from your chain of command and law enforcement. UNRESTRICTED You can notify your base SARC, victims’ advocate, special victims’ counsel, medical provider, chain of command and law enforcement.to receive assistance.