It's important to understand the reporting options available if you are sexually assaulted. The difference between Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting will help you decide the best reporting choice for you. Let's take a closer look.
 

Knowing Your Options

Service members and military dependents (18 years and older) have two options when it comes to reporting sexual assault: Unrestricted or Restricted Reporting. A SAPR Victim Advocate (VA)’ or Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) will be able to help with the official reporting process.

Unrestricted Reporting - Provides access to ALL supportive service options:

  • Advocacy Services (support, information, referral, and accompaniment)
  • Medical/Counseling Services
  • Victims' Legal Counsel
  • Law Enforcement Notification/Investigation
  • Command Notification/Support
  • Military Protective Order
  • Expedited Transfer

With unrestricted reporting, knowledge of the sexual assault is limited to those with need-to-know.

Restricted Reporting - is confidential, does not trigger an investigation or command involvement, and allows access to THESE supportive service options:

  • Advocacy Services (support, information, referral, and accompaniment)
  • Medical/Counseling Services
  • Victims' Legal Counsel

A Restricted Report can be converted to a Unrestricted Report at any time. However, once an Unrestricted Report is made, the restricted option is no longer available.

Who to Contact to File a Report

For an Unrestricted Report - A sexual assault can be disclosed to:

  • SAPR VA
  • SARC

The following people will provide you with assistance and they will then contact the SARC and/or SAPR VA to assist you with filing the report.

  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Chaplain
  • Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC)
  • Chain of Command
  • Law Enforcement 

For a Restricted Report

Communication/Disclosure should only be made to a SAPR VA and/or SARC. 

A Chaplain, VLC, and healthcare provider* can maintain confidentially and help you get to a SARC or SAPR VA to file a Restricted Report.

To learn more, visit the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response page.