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Promoting Respect, Hurting One Affects All
The 150th Special Operations Wing’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and Volunteer Victim Advocates (VVAs) are available to assist victims of sexual assault. If you feel you are in immediate danger, get to a safe place and call 911. Calling 911 will eliminate the restricted reporting option. Your health and welfare should be your primary concern. If there is no immediate threat of life endangerment, call the 150th Sexual Assault Hotline at (505) 241-9791 FIRST. The SARC may be contacted directly at (505) 357-5189. Calls and in-person inquiries are confidential.
Eligibility for Air Guard Members
If reporting a sexual assault that occurred prior to or while not performing active service or inactive training, NG/Reserve members will be eligible to receive timely access to SAPR advocacy services from a SARC and/or VVA and are eligible to file a restricted or unrestricted report. NG/Reserve members who are sexually assaulted when performing active service and inactive duty training are eligible to file a restricted or unrestricted report. A Line of Duty Investigation may be required to determine the full scope of services that can be offered to a client with an unrestricted report. Pursuant to 10 U.S. Code § 101 (d)(3), the term “active service” means service on active duty or full-time National Guard duty. DoD civilian employees will have access to a range of SAPR services that are offered to Service members. This does not include additional medical entitlements or legal services to which they are not already authorized by law or policy.
SAPR Services are ONLY provided to Clients who Choose to Receive Assistance.
Sexual Assault is intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit any of these acts. 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.
Consent is words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity.
The Air Force offers three reporting options:
Restricted reporting allows survivors of sexual assault to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals and receive medical treatment, to include emergency care, counseling, legal advice and advocacy without triggering an investigation. Restricted reporting is intended to remove barriers to medical care and support while allowing the survivor increased time and control over the release and management of personal information. It allows a survivor the opportunity to review available resources and the criminal process, in order to make a most informed decision.
Unrestricted reporting allows survivors of sexual assault to disclose the assault in order to initiate the official investigation process. This disclosure is typically made via reporting channels, such as Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), security forces, or the survivor’s chain of command and will include command notification. Sexual assault victims electing unrestricted reporting are eligible to receive medical treatment, to include emergency care, counseling, legal advice and advocacy, in addition to command support and an official investigation. Members may also be eligible for military/civilian protective orders and expedited transfers.
Independent reporting occurs when a sexual assault is brought to attention by someone other than the survivor and the assault is reported to a mandatory reporter in the victim’s chain of command, military criminal investigation organization and/or civilian law enforcement. Once an investigation is initiated, a client may only be able to elect an unrestricted report.
SAPRO Contact Info
Michael Kerkhoff SARC
2251 Air Guard Dr SE Bldg 1055 Rm 31, Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
SARC Cell: (505) 357-5189
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (505) 241-9791
Special Victim’s Counsel:
SVC: Major David Koon
(615) 666-5858 ext. 7874
Army New Mexico Guard 24 Hour Hotline:
SARC: Josie Jahnke
Hotline: (505) 274-1139
377th ABW 24 Hour Hotline:
SARC: Pamela Reeves
Hotline: (505) 846-7272
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Military One Source
Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response