Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The Arnold Air Force Base Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault. The AEDC SARCs serve as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care 24/7, 365 days a year. The SARC Office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the installation.

Help is just a phone call away: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call the AEDC 24/7 SARC Response Helpline at 931-581-7494. Or go to the local Victim Advocate Help Guide.

Sexual Assault Defined

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.

Sexual Assault is defined
as 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 these offenses.

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.

Report a Sexual Assault

Options?

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 Victim Advocate (VA).
 a. Eglin SAPR 24/7 Hotline: (850) 240-3219 or 882-7272 (DSN 872-7272)
 b. Arnold SAPR 24/7 Hotline: (931) 581-7494
 c. Or DoD Safe Helpline 24/7: 1-877-995-5247

 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. The SARC can help you arrange this and accompany you to the hospital.

AEDC Reporting Options

Leadership Messages

"During the last year, the Air Force has worked hard to combat sexual assault. We have invested in programmatic, educational, and resourcing efforts aimed at reinforcing a zero tolerance environment. The Air Force's mission depends on Airmen having complete trust and confidence in one another. Our core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence, define the standard. Sexual assault is absolutely inconsistent and incompatible with our core values, our mission, and our heritage. As such, our SAPR program is a priority both for ensuring readiness and taking care of our Airmen." 
Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the Air Force
   
"Sexual assault has no place in our Air Force. We live in a culture of respect. We cherish our core values of integrity, service and excellence. But in order to ensure all Airmen experience and benefit from those values, we must eliminate sexual assault in our ranks." 
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III
Air Force Chief of Staff