If you have been sexually assaulted or think you may have been:
- Go to a safe location.
- Contact the Kunsan Air Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 24/7 Hotline Phone at 782-7272 (DSN) or 063-470-7272 (ROK phone). If injured, contact healthcare personnel. You may also contact your chain of command or law enforcement (military or civilian); however if you do, an investigation will occur and you will not have the option of making a Restricted Report (see below).
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.
- Ask healthcare personnel to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) to preserve forensic evidence.
- If you suspect you had been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected.
- Preserve all evidence of the assault. Do not bathe, wash your hands or brush your teeth. Do not clean or straighten up the crime scene.
- Write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.
Reporting Options: Restricted / Unrestricted Reporting:
This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and services without triggering the official investigative process. Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate (VA), or a healthcare personnel.
Healthcare personnel will initiate the appropriate care and treatment, including a SAFE kit at the victim’s request and/or STD and pregnancy testing (if applicable). They will report the sexual assault to the SARC in lieu of reporting the assault to law enforcement or the chain of command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign an advocate to the victim. The assigned Victim Advocate will provide accurate information on the process of restricted and/or unrestricted reporting.
Who May Make a Restricted Report
Restricted reporting is available at this time only to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status). Retired members of any component are not eligible. Dependents are not eligible. Department of Defense civilian employees are not eligible.
Mandatory reporters are those who, if they are informed of a sexual assault, must report it to law enforcement and chain of command. The option for a restricted report is unavailable for the victim. The following individuals are mandatory reporters:
- All Commanders and First Sergeants
- Those within the victim’s DIRECT chain of command
- All SFS and OSI personnel
This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, referral services and an official investigation of the crime. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will notify the victim’s chain of command and OSI. The SARC will also assign a Volunteer Victim Advocate (VVA). At the victim's discretion/request, healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
Who May Make an Unrestricted Report
Unrestricted reporting is available to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard, members of the Reserve and National Guard provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status), US citizen civilian employees, and adult dependents of military personnel.
Role of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) serves as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care. The term Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is a standardized term utilized throughout the Department of Defense and the Services to facilitate communication and transparency regarding sexual assault response capability.
Role of the Volunteer Victim Advocate
The Volunteer Victim Advocate (VVA) provides essential support and care to the victim to include providing non-clinical information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions as they progress through resolution and healing. The VA maintains communications and contact with victim as needed for continued victim support.