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.
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.
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.
Verbal or nonverbal expressions of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent.
A person does not give consent merely because they did not say “no” or did not “fight” back.
Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent.
A current or previous dating or social relationship or person’s manner of dress does not constitute consent.
A sleeping, unconscious, or incompetent person cannot consent.
Response Coordinator (RC): Considered the center of gravity when it comes to ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care. They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care. The term “Sexual Assault Response Coordinator” is a term utilized throughout DoD and the Services to facilitate communication and transparency regarding sexual assault response capability.
Victim's Advocate (VA): Provide direct assistance to victims. They listen to victims’ needs and then connect them with appropriate resources, including medical care, mental health care, legal advice and spiritual support. VAs work with victims to help them make informed choices and then support them every step of the way.
Report a sexual assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or SAPR Victim Advocate (VA). You can disclose that you have been sexually assaulted to a Chaplin, 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, AF 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.
The 158th FW SAPR personnel are dedicated to the advocacy and support of survivors
Are protected and treated with dignity and respect
Receive timely access to appropriate medical treatment
Receive advocacy support
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.