SAPRO Crest. Department of Defense: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response


Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office


If you have been, or think you have been, sexually assaulted:

  1. Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator.

  2. Preserve all evidence of the assault. Do not bathe, wash your hands or brush your teeth. If you are still where the crime occurred, do not clean, or straighten up, or remove anything from the crime scene.

  3. Contact a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA).

    • Local information provided by your Military Service or Hotline Number.

    • Contact DoD Safe Helpline for live, one-on-one support and information. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call or text - providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere:

  4. 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 the health care personnel to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination to preserve forensic evidence.

    • If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected.

  5. Military members usually have an option about how to report the crime.

    • Unrestricted Reports allow the victim to participate in the military criminal justice process.

    • Restricted Reports are kept confidential, and command and law enforcement are not notified. However, when the victim reports the crime to someone in the chain of command, a Restricted Report is no longer an option.

    • To understand the differences between Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting, see a sample response flowchart here.

  6. Write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.