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Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)

Promoting respect, preserving dignity

109th Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The 109th Airlift Wing SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care for members of the 109th AW. The SARC office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the Wing.

What constitutes a sexual assault or rape?

Sexual Assault: intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not, or cannot, consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts.

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.
Failure by the victim to offer physical resistance does mean consent. Consent is not considered to be given if a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Sexual assault is any sexual contact/act with a person without their consent.

Your rights as a victim:

As a Federal crime victim, you have the following rights:
  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy;
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender;
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings;
  • The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial;
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
  • The right to available restitution;
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

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Every Airman Counts
 
tabSAPR Leadership Messages 
Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force"During the last year, the Air Force has worked hard to combat sexual assault. We have invested in programmatic, educational, and resourcing efforts aimed at reinforcing a zero tolerance environment. The Air Force's mission depends on Airmen having complete trust and confidence in one another. Our core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence, define the standard. Sexual assault is absolutely inconsistent and incompatible with our core values, our mission, and our heritage. As such, our SAPR program is a priority both for ensuring readiness and taking care of our Airmen."
 
Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the Air Force
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Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Forced Chief of Staff"Sexual assault has no place in our Air Force. We live in a culture of respect. We cherish our core values of integrity, service and excellence. But in order to ensure all Airmen experience and benefit from those values, we must eliminate sexual assault in our ranks."
  
Mark A. Welsh III
General, USAF Chief of Staff
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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody"Sexual assault has no place in our Air Force. We will continue to provide a balance of focused education, compassionate advocacy, and accountability in order to promote dignity and respect. We remain dedicated to eliminating sexual assault and instilling confidence and care in the reporting process.."
  
James A. Cody
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

 
tabReporting Options for Sexual Assault 
Restricted Report

  • Can only be disclosed to a SARC/VA, Healthcare Provider
  • Kept 100 percent confidential
  • Documented for future services in secure system
  • Privileged Medical & Physiological services available through Veterans Affairs
  • No expedient transfers possible
  • No investigation/prosecution
Unrestricted Report
  • Disclosure to anyone not on the SAPR Team
  • Information shared with law enforcement/command/clinic
  • Documented in secure system
  • Medical /Physiological referrals and treatment
  • Expedient transfers and victim protection available
  • Immediate investigation with possible prosecution
Expedited Transfer of Military Service Members Who File Unrestricted Reports of Sexual Assault: Any threat to life or safety of a Service Member shall be immediately reported to command and law enforcement authorities. A request to transfer the victim under these circumstances will be handled IAW established Service regulations. It is recognized that circumstances may exist that warrant the transfer of a Service member who makes and files an Unrestricted Report for sexual assault by signing a DD form 2910, "Victim Reporting Preference Statement" have the option to request a temporary or permanent transfer from their assigned command, or to a different location within their unit of assignment or Inactive Duty Training location. A Military Service Member who files a Restricted Report and requests an expedited transfer must affirmatively change their reporting option to Unrestricted Reporting on DD form 2910. All requests for transfer must be worked through the installation SARC initially and then to command.


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tab109 AW SAPR Resources
Local SARCs
Capt. Melissa Cucchi
Lt. Col. Paul Russo
Ms. Beverly Keating
SARC Phone - (518) 925-6108

Victim Advocates
VA Phone - (518) 935-8606

Director of Psychological Health

Local Rape Crisis Centers/Hospitals

The Safe-Help Line: (877) 995-5247
Text, Chat, Call - 24 hour assistance
tabSpecial Victims' Counsel
Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) is comprised of active duty judge advocates whose sole role is to represent you in a confidential, attorney-client relationship, throughout the investigation and prosecution processes. A victim of assault can decide at any time that they would like to have an attorney assigned to them for assistance through the process of investigation

What the SVC can do:

The SVC will go over the full scope of their representation the first time you meet with them.

SVCs can provide advice to clients and advocate their interests to trial counsel, defense counsel, and commanders.

SVCs can attend the interviews (telephonically and sometimes in person) victims have with investigators, trial counsel, and defense counsel.

SVCs can explain questions their clients have about the investigation and military justice processes.

SVCs can help protect victims' privacy interests.


Special Victims' Counsel Eligibility:

Air Force Active Duty (Reserve and Guard in Title 10 Status)
The status of the perpetrator does not matter (Air Force, other service, civilian, or unknown)
Victim is eligible for both restricted and unrestricted reports
  • Adult Dependents of Air Force Members
  • Victim is eligible ONLY if the perpetrator is an Air Force member
  • Victim is eligible for both restricted and unrestricted reports
  • Active Duty Members of Other Services (Reserve and Guard in Title 10 Status)
  • Victim is eligible ONLY if the perpetrator is an Air Force member
  • Victim is eligible ONLY for unrestricted reports
  • Adult Dependents of Members of Other Services
  • Victim is eligible ONLY if the perpetrator is an Air Force member
  • Victim is eligible ONLY for unrestricted reports
  • Basic Military Training and Technical Training
  • All entry-level status Air Force Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard members alleged to have been involved in an unprofessional relationship (as defined by AETC policy) that involves physical contact of a sexual nature with basic military training or technical training faculty or staff.
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