The Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do provide a foundation and help guide Airmen in life. The 158th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program of the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) is committed to respond to and stop incidents of sexual assault through: awareness and prevention training, collaboration, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. Sexual assault violates good order and discipline, erodes unit cohesion, and destroys trust; directly impacting mission readiness.
The 158th Fighter Wing SAPR personnel are dedicated to the advocacy and support of survivors, ensuring they:
Are protected and treated with dignity and respect.
Receive timely access to appropriate medical treatment.
Receive advocacy support.
Have access to confidential services, including the SARC and Victim Advocates (VA).
Report a sexual assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or SAPR Victim Advocate (VA). You can also disclose that you have been sexually assaulted to a Chaplain, healthcare professional or the Director of Psychological Health. ONLY SARC/SAPR VAs can accept official Restricted (RR) or Unrestricted (UR) Reports.
Know that an independent investigation can arise from third party disclosures. Commanders, First Sergeants, Supervisory Chain, Air Force Instructors, Law Enforcement, and Military OneSource are all Mandatory Reports and must report.
Unrestricted Report: A service member can disclose, without requesting confidentiality or restricted reporting, that he or she has been the victim of sexual assault. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provided to the SARC, Healthcare Personnel, a SAPR VA, command authorities, or other persons are reported to law enforcement and may be used to initiate the official investigative process.
Restricted Report: Allows service member or dependent 18 years of age and older, as well as DoD civilians, can disclose that he or she is the victim of sexual assault to specified officials on a requested confidential basis. Under these circumstances, the victim’s report and any details provided to the SARC, Healthcare Personnel, or a SAPR VA will not be reported to law enforcement to initiate an official investigation unless the victim consents or an established exception is exercised under DoDD 6495.01.
Sexual Assault: Sexual contact accomplished by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when a victim does not or cannot consent. UCMJ specific sexual offenses include: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy, or attempts to commit any of these acts. Specific sexual offenses outlined in Vermont Statutes 13 V.S.A. 3252 (Sexual Assault) and 13 V.S.A. 3253 (Aggravated Sexual Assault) include: rape, date rape, statutory rape and aggravated sexual assault. Sexual assault is a crime. A sexual assault has occurred if consent has not been given by one person.
Consent: A freely given agreement or communication issued between a competent person to engage in a sexual activity. Consent is not automatic. Even if there was a prior sexual relationship, there is no automatic permission to have sex with that person again.
Military Rule of Evidence (MRE) 514 provides Airmen confidentiality and privileged communication with a SARC or SAPR VA.
Conversations made on behalf of a survivor to a SARC or VA for the purpose of facilitating advice or supportive assistance and those not intended to be disclosed to a third party are protected, similar to the communication between a patient and a mental health professional.