Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The Schriever Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program offers support services for victims of sexual assault:





  • One-on-one direct interpersonal support
  • Crisis intervention, referral and ongoing support
    • Initial response
    • During investigative, legal and recovery processes (if unrestricted)
    • Available options and resources, on and off base, so victims can make informed decisions
  • Information on available resources, on and off base
  • Informed decisions regarding restricted and unrestricted reporting


Sexual Assault Definition

Sexual assault is defined as 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, indecent assault or attempts to commit these acts.

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or the age of the victim.

"Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated or unconscious.

Sexual Assault Effects

  • Fear 
  • Helplessness 
  • Shame 
  • Self-blame and guilt 
  • Legitimacy and validation 
  • Rage 
  • Loss of meaning and sustaining beliefs 
  • Betrayal and loss of trust 
  • Diminished sense of self 
  • Grief and loss 
  • Isolation and alienation

Types of Reporting

Restricted:
  • SARC does not notify the chain of command
  • Victim advocate attends to victim's needs and provides supportive services
  • Victim receives medical care and counseling
  • Victim can initiate an unrestricted reporting decision at a later date
Unrestricted:
  • The chain of command is notified and begins a criminal investigation
  • Victim advocate attends to victim's needs and provides supportive services
  • Victim receives medical care and counseling
Independent:
  • If you notify law enforcement or your chain of command, the report is considered unrestricted.
  • If you tell someone who subsequently notifies the chain of command, or if someone observes the assault and notifies command, the report is considered unrestricted and an investigation is launched.
  • To preserve your right to restricted report, contact the SARC first.

Reporting Sexual Assault

If you believe you have been assaulted:
  • Go to a safe place
  • Do NOT shower or clean up
  • Preserve evidence such as clothing or towels
  • Contact the Schriever Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at 719-567-7272
  • Get medical assistance
  • Get counseling
  • Don't be afraid. The SARC will help you find the support you need.

Classes

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office provides the following classes. A unit may request any of these topics, customized for the unit's population and demographics:
  • Alcohol use 
  • Male victims 
  • Trauma and healing 
  • Cycle of violence 
  • Barriers to reporting 
  • Date rape 
  • Sentencing the victim 
  • Helping the survivor 
  • Street smarts for women 
  • Media images and gender issues 
  • Disparity in social standards 
  • Communication for sexual partners