Ohio National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program

What to do if you are a victim of Sexual Assault.

  • Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator and call 911 if appropriate.

  • 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 infection.

    • Ask healthcare personnel to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) to preserve forensic evidence.

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

  • Preserve all evidence of the assault.
    Do not bathe, wash your hands or brush your teeth. Do not clean or straighten up the crime scene.

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

  • Contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at 877-751-5628 to report and coordinate support services.

  • You may also contact your chain of command or law enforcement (military or civilian), however if you do, an investigation will occur and you will not have the option of making a Restricted Report (see below).

  • Call the 24/7 DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 if you want to talk to a trained sexual assault professional during non duty hours.

Restricted Reporting Options

This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and services without triggering the official investigative process. Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate (VA), or a healthcare personnel. 

Healthcare personnel will initiate the appropriate care and treatment, and report the sexual assault to the SARC in lieu of reporting the assault to law enforcement or the chain of command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign an advocate to the victim. The assigned Victim Advocate will provide accurate information on the process of restricted and/or unrestricted reporting. 

At the victim's discretion/request an appropriately trained healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. In the absence of a Department of Defense provider, the Service member will be referred to an appropriate civilian facility for the SAFE. 

Considerations when Electing a Restricted Report

  • You receive appropriate medical treatment, advocacy, and counseling.

  • Provides some personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.

  • Empowers you to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation.

  • You control the release and management of your personal information.

  • You decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.

Unrestricted Reporting Options

This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, referral services and an official investigation of the crime. When selecting unrestricted reporting, you should use current reporting channels, e.g. chain of command, law enforcement or report the incident to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or request healthcare personnel to notify law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign a Victim Advocate (VA). At the victim's discretion/request, healthcare personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know. 

NOTE: Additional Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting considerations can be further discussed with your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or VA. 

Role of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is 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 (SARC) is a standardized term utilized throughout the Department of Defense and the Services to facilitate communication and transparency regarding sexual assault response capability. 

Role of the Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate (VA) provides essential support and care to the victim to include providing non-clinical information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions as they progress through resolution and healing. The VA maintains communications and contact with victim as needed for continued victim support.


Web Site Links

  • Military Sexual Trauma - Issue in Caring for Veterans (by the National Center for PTSD) - This Department of Veterans Affairs webpage provides useful information and fact sheets for veterans and their families.

  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center - Provides an extensive on-line library and coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives.

  • Office for Victims of Crime (Department of Justice) - Provides information for victims of all crimes, including sexual assault.

  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) - The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (Department of Defense) - Provides extensive information and related tools and links on DoD sexual assault policy and procedures.

  • Sexual Violence Prevention (Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - Provides extensive information on the problem of sexual violence including prevention strategies and a large number of related web links.


SafeHelpline site

DOD Helpline: 877-995-5247
Text: *55-247 (inside U.S.)
202-470-5546 (outside U.S.)

ARMY Advocate Toolkit
AIR Advocate Toolkit

ONG Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Brochure

Sexual Assault Prevention
& Response Program Office
2825 W. Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43235
614-336-4304 or 614-296-5401

Non-Emergency Assistance
877-751- 5628

Military Sexual Assault
Program Links