Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR)

The Grand Forks AFB SAPR program serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care 24/7, 365 days a year. The SAPR office is also responsible for providing sexual assault prevention and education programming throughout the base. If you feel you have been assaulted, please call the GFAFB Response Line at 701-747-7272 (SARC) to find out what choices you may have.

What is Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a violation of the Air Force's Core Values. It is the intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.

As used by the Department of Defense, the term "sexual assault" is an umbrella term that covers multiple articles within the UCMJ; it includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.

Key Support Services

Victim advocates provide essential support, liaison services and care to a sexual assault victim. VAs provide crisis counseling, ongoing non-clinical support, information and referral to assist with decisions about the case. A victim advocate can also be present for any interview or appointment at the request of the victim. This service is voluntary but easily accessible through SAPR office. If you feel you have been sexually assaulted, please contact 701-747-7272 (SARC).

Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) is part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault. The purpose of the SVC Program is to provide advice, advocacy and empower victims through independent legal representation. See more information here. We do not have an SVC located on Grand Forks AFB, but getting access to an SVC is as easy as calling 701-747-7272 (SARC).

The Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) is similar to a civilian rape crisis center. The CVIC addresses violence in most every capacity, promoting justice, healing and self-sufficiency for victims; preventing violence by providing treatment to batterers; sparking new ways of thinking by providing education and training, and contributing to societal change through collaborative work to improve our community's response to violence. They can be reached 24 hours a day through their crisis line 701-746-8900 or you can visit their website here.

You Don't Have to be Alone

The assault was NOT your fault - you did not cause this to happen.
Take care of yourself - before washing or cleaning up, remember preserving evidence could be key in an investigation. Here are some guidelines:

  • Do not change your clothes if at all possible; if there is no other choice collect the items and keep them in a PAPER bag.
  • Do not eat or drink anything.
  • Do not shower, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
  • Do not take or apply any type of medication to any injuries.
  • Do not use the bathroom if at all possible.
  • Do not disturb or clean up the crime scene.
Know that it is never too late to get help - there are many people on and around Grand Forks AFB standing ready to help and are committed to support you and your family members during this most stressful time.
There is no "right way" in dealing with sexual assault - recognize that healing from an attack takes time, give yourself the time you need and don't be shy. Ask for what you need.

Reporting Options

Restricted Report: Allows military members and family members over the age of 18 to report allegations of sexual assault to specific persons or agencies without initiating an investigation -- the SAPR program, a Chaplain or a healthcare provider are places and people that can assist with maintaining the choice for a restricted report.

A restricted report allows for access to medical care, counseling and victim advocate support services, but does not initiate the investigative process.

Unrestricted Report: Any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (chain of command, Security Forces, OSI). You will still have access to medical care, counseling and victim advocate support services, but an investigation will be started even if your preference had been for a restricted report.

Independent Report: Is an assault that is reported by someone other than the victim.

If you feel you have been sexually assaulted, call 701-747-7272 (SARC) to find learn about the options you have before making a decision.

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