Promoting respect; preserving dignity131st Bomb Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators – SARCs and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The 131st Bomb Wing SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care for members of the 131st Bomb Wing. The SARC office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the Wing.Obtaining HelpImmediate medical care is essential. Get to a safe place and CALL 911. Once medical care has been established, contact the 131st Bomb Wing SARC at (660) 563-0666 24/7 and/or contact the Safe Helpline at (877) 955-5247 or www.SafeHelpline.org.
What is the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program?The SAPR Program provides free and confidential services to members of the Missouri Air National Guard and their adult dependents. The program offers convenient access to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for reporting, referral management, and advocacy support. Common concerns include lack of privacy and confidentiality, stigma and shame based on the nature of the crime, fear of disciplinary action due to collateral misconduct, re-victimization, operational impacts, fear of harassment, retaliation, or reprisal from commanders and colleagues, and fear of not being believed.
Goals and Commitment of the program• Foster a culture free from the criminal act of sexual assault and retaliatory behavior associated with sexual assault through primary prevention strategies.• Provide a cross service joint response capability with trained and certified SAPR personnel available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to assist with timely and responsive access to comprehensive medical treatment and support services.• Maintain confidentiality while coordinating professional services in your community• Ensure appropriate investigative actions, and intensified accountability oversight that enhances the safety and well-being of all victims of sexual assault.
Our Services• 24/7 access to a trained and certified SAPR Team at all locations.• Responsive services that are victim-focused, gender inclusive, culturally competent, and recovery-oriented.• Non-confidential and confidential reporting through Unrestricted and Restricted Reporting.• Protection from reprisal, coercion, ostracism, maltreatment and retaliation.
Volunteer Victim Advocates conduct non-clinical safety assessments, facilitate care, and provide referrals and nonclinical support to all sexual assault victims, to include providing information on available options and resources. Eligible personnel who are interested in volunteering must complete an interview with the SARC, meet screening requirements, successfully complete initial VVA training, and obtain and maintain D-SAACP certification
MSgt Lauren Palmer – 131 AMXSSMSgt Jim Sutton – 131 BW StaffLt Conrad Marin – 131 FSS
Jefferson Barracks ANGB:
TSgt Joe Rutledge – 131 BW Staff
TSgt Jessica Kile – 239 CBCS
MSgt Kate Goudy – 131 CES
SMSgt Doug Songer – 239 CBCS
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 conduct, 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 (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of 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. The 131st Bomb Wing SARC office provides sexual assault response capability for all victims. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault may contact the SARC office at (660) 687-2650.After you contact the SARC office, you will be assigned a trained Victim Advocate. Your Victim Advocate will explain reporting options, and may meet you at the hospital for a medical evaluation, treatment and examination. It is your option to accept or decline victim advocacy.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TELL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR YOUR COMMANDER ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CARE OR ASSISTANCE.
RESTRICTED VS. UNRESTRICTED: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Deciding to report a sexual assault is a very personal decision. Restricted and Unrestricted reporting options allow military members, dependents (18+), and DoD Air Force civilians who experienced sexual assault to exercise control over how and when they engage with resources.
An Unrestricted Report allows you to receive medical treatment, advocacy services, and legal support. As part of this option, law enforcement initiates an investigation and your chain-of-command is notified. You have the right to be reasonably protected and may also be eligible for other protections, including a Military Protective Order and/or a civilian protective order. You may also be eligible for an Expedited Transfer.
A Restricted Report allows you to receive SVC (Special Victims’ Counsel) legal advice and medical and advocacy services, but does not trigger an investigation. Information will be provided to Command that does not reveal your identity, nor that of the alleged offender.
Only these professionals can accept a Restricted Report:• Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)• Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (VA)• Healthcare providers
You may still make a restricted report to the above individuals even if you disclosed the sexual assault to your chain of command. However, if you first directly report the sexual assault to law enforcement (including chain of command that is law enforcement), a restricted report is no longer an option.
DOD Safe Helpline (24/7):877-995-5247https://safehelpline.org
131st SARCOffice: 660-687-2650Cell: 660-563-0666
Whiteman AFB SAPR Hotline (24/7):660-687-7272