(a) Availability of Legal Assistance and Victim Advocate Services.—
(1)A member of the armed forces, or a dependent of a member, who is the victim of a sexual assault may be provided the following:
(A)Legal assistance provided by military or civilian legal assistance counsel pursuant to section
1044 of this title.
(B)Assistance provided by a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
(C)Assistance provided by a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.
(2)A member of the armed forces or dependent who is the victim of sexual assault shall be informed of the availability of assistance under paragraph (1) as soon as the member or dependent seeks assistance from a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, a military criminal investigator, a victim/witness liaison, or a trial counsel. The member or dependent shall also be informed that the legal assistance and the services of a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate under paragraph (1) are optional and may be declined, in whole or in part, at any time.
(3)Legal assistance and the services of Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates under paragraph (1) shall be available to a member or dependent regardless of whether the member or dependent elects unrestricted or restricted (confidential) reporting of the sexual assault.
(b) Restricted Reporting.—
(1)Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, a member of the armed forces, or a dependent of a member, who is the victim of a sexual assault may elect to confidentially disclose the details of the assault to an individual specified in paragraph (2) and receive medical treatment, legal assistance under section
1044 of this title, or counseling, without initiating an official investigation of the allegations.
(2)The individuals specified in this paragraph are the following:
(A)A Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
(B)A Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.
(C)Healthcare personnel specifically identified in the regulations required by paragraph (1).
Pub. L. 112–81, div. A, title V, § 581(a),Dec. 31, 2011, 125 Stat. 1430, provided that: “Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 31, 2011], the Secretaries of the military departments shall prescribe regulations on the provision of legal assistance to victims of sexual assault. Such regulations shall require that legal assistance be provided by military or civilian legal assistance counsel pursuant to section
1044 of title
10, United States Code.”
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