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31st Figher Wing SARC


Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Aviano Air Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Victim Advocates are available at major Department of Defense installations to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault. The Aviano Air Base SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care 24/7, 365 days a year. The SARC Office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the installation.

Help is just a phone call away: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call the Aviano 24/7 SARC Response Helpline at 0434-30-7272 (SARC).

For more information, call the SARC hotline, e-mail the Aviano SARC at or visit the Air Force SAPR website

Sexual Assult Defined

Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values.

Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual conduct, 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.

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 Program Assistance

The Aviano Air Base SARC office provides a 24-hour, seven-day a week sexual assault response capability for all victims on the installation, and assigned geographically separated units. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault may contact the SARC office.

After you contact the SARC office, you will be assigned a trained Victim Advocate. Your Victim Advocate will explain reporting options, and may meet you at the hospital for a medical evaluation, treatment and examination. It is your option to accept or decline victim advocacy .

Sexual Assault Reporting Options

The Air Force has instituted new avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting. Restricted Reporting allows a victim to report a Sexual Assault without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.

Unrestricted Reporting is available to personnel eligible for restricted reports and DoD civilian employees and dependents 18 years of age and older. Any report of sexual assault made through reporting channels of chain of command, first sergeant, commander, security forces and/or OSI will result in an investigation. Services available to survivors via the SARC include expedited transfers, military protective orders (MPO) and all services offered under restricted reporting.

Restricted Reporting is available to active duty and dependents 18 years of age and older and National Guard and reserve component members who are sexually assaulted when performing active service and inactive duty training. Services available to survivors via the SARC include victim advocate, sexual assault forensic exam, special victims counsel, mental health and chaplain.

Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.

What Should I Do

DOD Safe Helpline