Sexual Assault Reporting Options

There are two types of reporting options:


Overview

It is important to understand your sexual assault reporting options. Please contact the SHARP 24/7 Hotline 254-319-4671 to preserve your reporting options.

Regardless of how you choose to report sexual assault, you will be offered a full range of advocacy, medical and counseling services. Remember, if you initially make a restricted report, you can change it to an unrestricted report at a later date. However, if you initially make an unrestricted report, it cannot be changed to a restricted report. If you do not initially select the most suitable reporting option, it may result in you having less control over the release of your personal information.

 

Restricted Reporting
Restricted reporting gives a victim time and opportunity to get information about available services and fully explore his or her rights, so he or she can make informed decisions without the pressure of an investigation or any legal processes. Once a victim becomes fully informed about the services available to him or her, he or she may elect to change his or her restricted report to an unrestricted report.

Available for:

o    Active Duty Military

o    Reservists performing federal duty

o    National Guard under Title 10 status

o    Military dependents 18 years of age and older (only when the sexual assault is perpetrated by someone other than a spouse)

*** If you do not fall into any of these categories and would like to receive assistance with a sexual assault please contact the Safe Helpline. Their staff can refer you to local civilian resources that offer confidential services.

 

Restricted cases can ONLY be reported to:

o    Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention  Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SHARP/SARC)

o    Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention  Victim Advocate (SHARP/VA)

o    Military or civilian Health Care Personnel (including counselors)

o    Chaplains (has confidentiality, but no report can be filed by the Chaplain)

***Victims will forfeit their rights to use restricted reporting by talking to someone other than those designated.

Services available:

o    Medical Treatment

o    Advocacy Services

o    Forensic Examination

o    Counseling Assistance

 

Benefits of Restricted Reporting:

o    Victim receives appropriate medical treatment, advocacy and counseling

o    Provides victim with time to consider options and to begin the healing process

o    Empowers victim to seek relevant information and support, and to make more informed decisions about participating in a criminal investigation

o    Victim controls the release and management of his/her personal information

o    Victim decides whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation

 

Limitations of Restricted Reporting:

o    Alleged offender may remain at large

o    Victim cannot receive a Military Protective Order (MPO) or be reassigned for safety

o    Alleged offender may continue to have contact with the victim

o    Evidence from the crime scene may be lost

o    Victims are limited to a few specified individuals with whom they can discuss the sexual assault

Unrestricted Reporting

Available for:

o    Active Duty Military

o    Reservists performing federal duty

o    National Guard under Title 10 status

o    Military dependents 18 years of age and older (only when the sexual assault is perpetrated by someone other than a spouse)

Can be reported to:

o    Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention  Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SHARP/SARC)

o    Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention  Victim Advocate (SHARP/VA)

o    Military or civilian Health Care Personnel (including counselors)

o    Chaplains (has confidentiality, but no report can be filed by the Chaplain)

o    Military or civilian law enforcement

o    Chain of command

***Victims will forfeit their rights to use restricted reporting by talking to someone other than those designated.

***With unrestricted reporting, the sexual assault must be reported to the chain of command for all active duty members and to Criminal Investigation Command (CID) for investigation.

Services available:

o    Medical Treatment

o    Advocacy Services

o    Forensic Examination

o    Counseling Assistance

 

Benefits of Unrestricted Reporting:

o    Ensures the widest range of rights and protections to the victim

o    Command assistance regarding safety and assignment (e.g., Military Protective Orders-MPOs, separation from offender, deferred collateral misconduct, etc.)

o    Accountability of alleged offender

o    Enhanced community safety

Limitations of Unrestricted Reporting:

o    Victim may consider investigation or legal process too intrusive

o    Assault will be known and discussed among those with a need to know

o    Investigation and court proceedings may be lengthy (approximately 6-18 months)

o    Possible personnel movement

 

 

It’s never too late to get help.  Even if the attack happened years ago, Fort Hood SHARPs can still help.  Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.  Contact Fort Hood SHARP at our 24/7 Hotline 254-319-4671.