Office of Work-Life Programs - Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
How Do I Report a Sexual Assault?
What Support Services are Available to Me?
If you have been, or think you may have been sexually assaulted recently:
- Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator.
- Call your Sexual Assault
Response Coordinator (SARC).
- The 24/7 DoD
Safe Helpline also provides assistance. Users have three ways to access their
services - "click, call or text" for confidential support,
available 24/7 worldwide.
Click - Logging on to
www.SafeHelpline.org for live, one-on-one confidential
help with a trained professional.
Call - Calling the hotline at 1-877-995-5247 allows
users to speak with a trained staff member for personalized
advice and support to military and/or civilian resources.
Text - Texting a location or zip code to
the U.S.) or 001-202-470-5546 (outside
the U.S.) allows users to receive contact information for the
If you or someone you know has been sexually assault and
you need assistance, please follow these guidelines to
preserve all evidence of the assault:
- It is recommend you do not change
clothes, but if you feel you must, bring soiled clothing in
a paper bag -- not plastic
- Do not eat or drink anything
- Do not shower, wash your hands, brush your teeth or use
- Do not take or apply any type of
medication to any injuries
- Do not use the bathroom, but if you must,
bring urine for testing in a plastic or glass container
- If you are still in the location in
which the crime occurred, do not clean,
straighten up or remove anything from the
Seek medical care as soon as possible:
- Even if you do not have any visible
physical injuries, you may be at risk of
acquiring a sexually transmitted infection
(STI) or becoming pregnant.
- Ask the health care personnel to conduct
a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE)
to preserve forensic evidence. Regardless of
which reporting option you choose you have
the right to have this exam. When making a
restricted report, the SAFE kit will be held
for up to 12 months without being processed.
With an unrestricted report, the
investigative process is initiated and the
kit will be used as evidence.
- If you suspect you have been drugged,
inform the health care personnel so they can
administer the correct tests.
- Write down or record by any other means
all the details you can recall about the
assault and the perpetrator.
Sexual Abuse incidents occurring between family members shall be reported
in accordance with the provisions in
COMDTINST 1750.7C, Family Advocacy Program.
Support for Victims of Sexual Assault