Many victims of sexual assault stay silent, believing nothing will be done if they come forward, fearing ridicule, gossip, exclusion, and even damage to their military careers. But if you’ve been sexually assaulted, it’s important to act quickly. Seeking help and speaking out is the best way to ensure you receive the help you need to heal from the incident and prevent another incident from happening to someone else. Victims of Sexual Assault can report an incident and decide (if no one else knows about the incident) to just receive services and may not initiate an investigation.
Whether or not you’re not sure your experience qualifies as sexual assault, follow the steps below just in case:
DoD Safe Helpline is a new crisis support service for adult Service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one expert advice and information worldwide. Available 24/7, users can “click, call or text” for anonymous and confidential support.
Texting their location to 55-247 in the US and 202-470-5546 outside the U.S. allows users to receive automated contact info for the SARC at their installation.
If users want to access resources within the DoD, SafeHelpline personnel will connect you with the local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)/On-call Victim Advocate (VA) or other military resources of their choosing. Should users not want to access DoD resources, they will be connected to one of 1,100 affiliated civilian sexual assault service providers.
If you were assaulted two days ago or longer, there’s still time. Follow as many of the steps above as you can and seek help from your JFHQ SARC or VA.
Intended to give the victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of the victim’s personal information, the Restricted Report enables military members in a duty status to report allegations of sexual assault to specified personnel without triggering an investigation. Specified personnel include the SARC, Healthcare Personnel, trained Victim Advocate or chaplain. Other elements of the Restricted Report include:
An unrestricted report is any report of a sexual assault made through normal reporting channels which includes the victim’s chain of command, law enforcement, and the criminal investigative service or. The SARC will be notified and assign a victim advocate to the individual. Details of the allegation will be provided only to those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
A limited report affords military members the utilization of the SARC or VA to provide referral services if an assault occurred in a non duty status. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provide to healthcare personnel, the SARC, VA, or Chaplain will not be reported to law enforcement officials unless the victim contents (or if extenuating circumstances come into play). Options may vary from State to State.
The SARC answers to the command and is responsible for overseeing policy, education, victim services, data reporting and collection, with the intent to implement training and policy based on the needs of the state.
Victim Advocates report directly to the Joint Force Headquarters Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and provide valuable support to victims of sexual assault, guiding victims through the claims process, and providing resources to help victims recover and resolve their case against the alleged subject. They can be relied upon for:
Your military spiritual leaders are available to provide privileged and un-breeched covered communications. Reporting to the Chaplain qualifies for Restricted Reporting. If the victim wants a restricted or unrestricted case, they must speak with the JFHQ SARC.
HCPs will provide confidential communication with victims, and will report incidents of sexual assault to the JFHQ SARC under the Restricted Reporting designation. If the victim wants a restricted or unrestricted case, they must speak with the JFHQ SARC.
Helplines & Staff Contacts
Massachusetts National Guard
Sexual Assault Helpline
Text: Texting their location to 55-247
in the US and 202-470-5546 outside
the U.S. allows users to receive automated
contact info for the SARC at their installation.
The contact information listed below is manned during regular business hours only.
1LT JULIE RAND
JFHQ Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
Office: ( 339) 202-3118 (Duty Hours)
Mobile: (774) 286-1164
Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera
State Command Sergeant Major