32 CFR 105.10 - SARC and SAPR VA procedures.
(a)SARC procedures. The SARC shall:
(1) Serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault response when a sexual assault is reported. All SARCs shall be authorized to perform VA duties in accordance with Military Service regulations, and will be acting in the performance of those duties.
(4) Assist the installation commander in ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate responsive care and understand their available reporting options (Restricted and Unrestricted) and available SAPR services.
(6) Report directly to the installation commander in accordance with 32 CFR part 103, to include providing regular updates to the installation commander and assist the commander to meet annual SAPR training requirements, including providing orientation briefings for newly assigned personnel and, as appropriate, providing community education publicizing available SAPR services.
(i) SARCs shall respond (see § 105.3) to every Restricted and Unrestricted Report of sexual assault on a military installation and the response shall be in person, unless otherwise requested by the victim.
(A) There will be situations where a sexual assault victim receives medical care and a SAFE outside of a military installation under a MOU or MOA with local private or public sector entities. In these cases, pursuant to the MOU or MOA, the SARC or SAPR VA shall be notified, and a SARC or SAPR VA shall respond.
(B) When contacted by the SARC or SAPR VA, a sexual assault victim can elect not to speak to the SARC or SAPR VA, or the sexual assault victim may ask to schedule an appointment at a later time to speak to the SARC or SAPR VA.
(iii) SARCs shall provide a response that recognizes the high prevalence of pre-existing trauma (prior to the present sexual assault incident) and empowers an individual to make informed decisions about all aspects in the reporting process and to access available resources.
(iv) SARCs shall provide a response that is gender-responsive, culturally-competent, and recovery-oriented.
(8) Explain to the victim that the services of the SARC and SAPR VA are optional and these services may be declined, in whole or in part, at any time. The victim may decline advocacy services, even if the SARC or SAPR VA holds a position of higher rank or authority than the victim. Explain to victims the option of requesting a different SAPR VA (subject to availability, depending on locality staffing) or continuing without SAPR VA services.
(i) Explain the available reporting options to the victim.
(A) Assist the victim in filling out the DD Form 2910 where the victim elects to make a Restricted or Unrestricted Report. However, the victims, not the SARCs or SAPR VAs, must fill out the DD Form 2910. Explain that sexual assault victims have the right and ability to consult with a SVC/VLC before deciding whether to make a Restricted Report, Unrestricted Report, or no report at all. Additionally, the SARC or SAPR VA shall explain the eligibility requirements for an SVC/VLC, as well as the option to request SVC or VLC services even if the victim does not fall within the eligibility requirements.
(B) Inform the victim that the DD Form 2910 will be uploaded to DSAID and retained for 50 years in Unrestricted Reports. The DD Forms 2910 and 2911 filed in connection with the Restricted Report be retained for 50 years, in a manner that protects confidentiality.
(C) The SARC or SAPR VA shall inform the victim of any local or State sexual assault reporting requirements that may limit the possibility of Restricted Reporting. At the same time, the victims shall be briefed of the protections and exceptions to MRE 514.
(A) Advise the victim to keep the copy of the DD Form 2910 and the DD Form 2911 in their personal permanent records as these forms may be used by the victim in other matters before other agencies (e.g., Department of Veterans Affairs) or for any other lawful purpose.
(B) Store the original DD Form 2910 pursuant to secure storage Military Service regulations and privacy laws. A SARC being reassigned shall be required to assure their supervisor of the secure transfer of stored DD Forms 2910 to the next SARC. In the event of transitioning SARCs, the departing SARC shall inform their supervisor of the secure storage location of the DD Forms 2910, and the SARC supervisor will ensure the safe transfer of the DD Forms 2910.
(v) Provide the installation commander and the immediate commander of the victim (if a civilian victim, then the immediate commander of the alleged offender) with information regarding an Unrestricted Report within 24 hours of an Unrestricted Report of sexual assault. This notification may be extended to 48 hours after the Unrestricted Report of the incident if there are extenuating circumstances in the deployed environments.
(vi) Provide the installation commander with non-PII within 24 hours of a Restricted Report of sexual assault. This notification may be extended to 48 hours after the Restricted Report of the incident if there are extenuating circumstances in a deployed environment. Command and installation demographics shall be taken into account when determining the information to be provided. To ensure oversight of victim services for Restricted Report cases, the SARC will also confirm in her or his report that the victim has been offered SAPR advocacy services; received a safety assessment; received explanation of the notifications in the DD Form 2910; been offered medical and mental health care; and informed of his or her eligibility for an SVC/VLC.
(viii) Perform victim advocacy duties, as needed. DoD recognizes the SARC's authority to perform duties as SAPR VAs, even though the SARC may not be designated in writing as a SAPR VA pursuant to Military Service regulation.
(ix) Inform the victim that pursuant to their Military Service regulations, each Service member who reports having been sexually assaulted shall be given the opportunity to consult with legal assistance counsel, and in cases where the victim may have been involved in collateral misconduct, to consult with defense counsel.
(A) Explain the eligibility for SVC or VLC for victims filing Restricted or Unrestricted Reports, and the types of legal assistance authorized to be provided to the sexual assault victim, in accordance with section 1044e of title 10 U.S.C. Inform the victim of the opportunity to consult with legal assistance counsel and SVC or VLC as soon as the victim seeks assistance from a SARC or SAPR VA. Explain that the nature of the relationship between an SVC or VLC and a victim in the provision of legal advice and assistance will be the relationship between an attorney and client.
(B) Inform the victim that information concerning the prosecution shall be provided to them in accordance with DoDI 1030.2.
(xi) Facilitate briefings on victim advocacy services to Service members, military dependents, DoD civilian employees (OCONUS), DoD contractors (accompanying the Military Services in contingency operations OCONUS), and other command or installation personnel, as appropriate.
(xii) Facilitate Annual SAPR training.
(xiii) Facilitate the development and collaboration of SAPR public awareness campaigns for victims of sexual assault, including planning local events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Publicize the DoD Safe Helpline on all outreach materials and Service Web sites.
(A) Activate victim advocacy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all incidents of reported sexual assault occurring either on or off the installation involving Service members and other persons covered by this part.
(B) Collaborate on public safety, awareness, and prevention measures.
(xviii) Consult with command legal representatives, healthcare personnel, and MCIOs, (or when feasible, civilian law enforcement), to assess the potential impact of State laws governing the reporting requirements for adult sexual assault that may affect compliance with the Restricted Reporting option and develop or revise applicable MOUs and MOAs, as appropriate.
(xix) Collaborate with MTFs within their respective areas of responsibility to establish protocols and procedures to direct notification of the SARC and SAPR VA for all incidents of reported sexual assault, and facilitate ongoing training of healthcare personnel on the roles and responsibilities of the SARC and SAPR VAs.
(xx) Collaborate with local private or public sector entities that provide medical care to Service members or TRICARE eligible beneficiaries who are sexual assault victims and a SAFE outside of a military installation through an MOU or MOA.
(A) Establish protocols and procedures with these local private or public sector entities to facilitate direct notification of the SARC for all incidents of reported sexual assault and facilitate training of healthcare personnel of local private or public sector entities on the roles and responsibilities of SARCs and SAPR VAs, for Service members and persons covered by this policy.
(xxi) When a victim has a temporary or PCS or is deployed, request victim consent to transfer case management documents and upon receipt of victim consent, expeditiously transfer case management documents to ensure continuity of care and SAPR services. If the SARC has already closed the case and terminated victim contact, no other action is needed.
(xxii) Document and track the services referred to and requested by the victim from the time of the initial report of a sexual assault through the final case disposition or until the victim no longer desires services.
(A) Enter information into DSAID or Military Service DSAID-interface within 48 hours of the report of sexual assault. In deployed locations that have internet connectivity issues, the time frame is extended to 96 hours.
(B) Maintain in DSAID an account of the services referred to and requested by the victim for all reported sexual assault incidents, from medical treatment through counseling, and from the time of the initial report of a sexual assault through the final case disposition or until the victim no longer desires services. Should the victim return to the SARC or SAPR VA and request SAPR services after indicating that he or she no longer desired services, the case will be reopened and addressed at the CMG meeting.
(C) A SARC will open a case in DSAID as an “Open with Limited Information” case when there is no signed DD 2910 (e.g., an independent investigation or third-party report, or when a civilian victim alleged sexual assault with a Service member subject) to comply with section 563(d) of Public Law 110-417 and to ensure system accountability.
(xxiii) Provide information to assist installation commanders to manage trends and characteristics of sexual assault crimes at the Military Service-level and mitigate the risk factors that may be present within the associated environment (e.g., the necessity for better lighting in the showers or latrines and in the surrounding area).
(A) The installation SARC, shall serve as the co-chair of the CMG. This responsibility is not delegable. If an installation has multiple SARCs on the installation, a Lead SARC shall be designated by the Service concerned, and shall serve as the co-chair.
(B) Other SARCs and SAPR VAs shall actively participate in each CMG meeting by presenting oral updates on their assigned sexual assault victim cases, providing recommendations and, if needed, seeking assistance from the chair or victim's commander.
(xxv) Familiarize the unit commanders and supervisors of SAPR VAs with the SAPR VA roles and responsibilities, to include the “Supervisor and Commander Statement of Understanding” section in the DD Form 2950, “Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) Application Packet for New Applications.” The DD Form 2950 is available via the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/forms/eforms/dd2950.pdf.
(xxvi) Offer victims the opportunity to participate in surveys asking for victim feedback on the reporting experience. Inform victims regarding what the survey will ask them and uses of the data collected.
(b)SAPR VA procedures.
(1) The SAPR VA shall:
(A) Support will include providing information on available options and resources so the victim can make informed decisions about his or her case.
(iv) Acknowledge their understanding of their advocacy roles and responsibilities by reviewing the DD Form 2950.
(i) Be notified and immediately respond upon receipt of a report of sexual assault.
(ii) Provide coordination and encourage victim service referrals and ongoing, non-clinical support to the victim of a reported sexual assault and facilitate care in accordance with the Sexual Assault Response Protocols prescribed SAPR Policy Toolkit located on www.sapr.mil. Assist the victim in navigating those processes required to obtain care and services needed. It is neither the SAPR VA's role nor responsibility to be the victim's mental health provider or to act as an investigator.