What is 'Sexual Assault'?

Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. 

Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy, indecent assault or attempts to commit these acts. 

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or the age of the victim. 

"Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated or unconscious.

Effects of Sexual Assault

These are just a few of the effects a victim of sexual assault can be affected by:

·Self-blame and guilt
·Legitimacy and validation
·Loss of meaning and sustaining beliefs
·Betrayal and loss of trust
·Diminished sense of self
·Grief and loss
·Isolation and alienation


Do you feel you've been sexually assaulted? Your Air Force family is here to help: 
  • Find a safe place
  • Seek IMMEDIATE medical assistance
  • Do NOT shower or clean up
  • Try to preserve evidence such as clothing or towels
  • As soon as possible, contact the Schriever Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at (719) 567-7272
  • Consider counseling
ABOVE ALL - Don't be afraid. The SARC will help you find the support you need.

Ways You Can Report

Listed below are the three types of reporting for sexual assault that can occur:

  • SARC does not notify the chain of command
  • Victim advocate attends to victim's needs and provides supportive services
  • Victim receives medical care and counseling
  • Victim can initiate an unrestricted reporting decision at a later date
  • The chain of command is notified and begins a criminal investigation
  • Victim advocate attends to victim's needs and provides supportive services
  • Victim receives medical care and counseling
  • If you notify law enforcement or your chain of command, the report is considered unrestricted.
  • If you tell someone who subsequently notifies the chain of command, or if someone observes the assault and notifies command, the report is considered unrestricted and an investigation is launched.
  • To preserve your right to restricted report, contact the SARC first.

Learn More

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office offers classes on the following topics related to sexual assault. Organizations within the 310th Space Wingmay request a class or classes on any of these topics, customized for the unit's population and demographics:
  • Alcohol use
  • Male victims
  • Trauma and healing
  • Cycle of violence
  • Barriers to reporting
  • Date rape
  • Sentencing the victim
  • Helping the survivor
  • Street smarts for women
  • Media images and gender issues
  • Disparity in social standards
  • Communication for sexual partners