contact Information


Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Sophia L. Alexander 
(210) 925-6122
Email

USEFUL RESOURCES


149 FW 24-Hour ReportLine
210-254-6412

DoD Safe Helpline
877-995-5247 
or text location or zip to 55247
http://www.safehelpline.org

Military OneSource
800-342-9647
http://www.militaryonesource.com

San Antonio Rape Crisis Center
210-349-7273  (24/7) 

ON BASE AGENCIES


149th FW Airmen & Family Readiness
210-925-6171

24/7 TMD Family Assistance 
1-800-252-8032


149th FW Chaplain 
210-296-9022

TMD Counseling
512-782-5069 

Base Legal Assistance
210-925-8208

AF OSI
210-671-4000

Lackland AFB Security Forces (LE Desk)
210-671-2018
210-257-6516

Equal Opportunity
210-925-7411

Family Advocacy Program 
210-652-6308

Mental Health
210-925-8172

TMD Mental Health Services  
512-182-5069

OFF BASE AGENCIES

Methodist Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
210-575-8168/8343

Wilford Hall Medical Center 
210-292-3405

Family Violence Prevention Services 
210-930-3669

San Antonio Police Special Victim's Unit 
210-207-2313


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149th Fighter Wing SAPR Program

Promoting respect, preserving dignity
149th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The 149th Fighter Wing SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care for members of the 149FW, and its Geographically Separated Units. The SARC office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the Wing.

Obtaining Help
Immediate medical care is essential. Get to a safe place and CALL 911. Once medical care has been established, contact the 149th Fighter Wing SARC at 
(210) 925-6122, call or click SafeHelpline.org at (877) 955-5247.

What Is Sexual Assault


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" includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific Uniform Code of Military Justice offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these offenses.

These offenses are defined in Article 120, Article 120b, and Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and can be reviewed
here.

VICTIM'S RIGHTS


Under 10 U.S.C. § 806b:

(a)RIGHTS OF A VICTIM OF AN OFFENSE UNDER THIS CHAPTER.A victim of an offense under this chapter has the following rights:

(1)The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.

(2)The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any of the following:
(A) A public hearing concerning the continuation of confinement prior to trial of the accused.
(B) A preliminary hearing under section 832 of this title (article 32) relating to the offense.
(C) A court-martial relating to the offense.
(D) A public proceeding of the service clemency and parole board relating to the offense.
(E) The release or escape of the accused, unless such notice may endanger the safety of any person.

(3)The right not to be excluded from any public hearing or proceeding described in paragraph (2) unless the military judge or investigating officer, as applicable, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim of an offense under this chapter would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that hearing or proceeding.

(4)The right to be reasonably heard at any of the following:
(A) A public hearing concerning the continuation of confinement prior to trial of the accused.
(B) A sentencing hearing relating to the offense.
(C) A public proceeding of the service clemency and parole board relating to the offense.

(5)The reasonable right to confer with the counsel representing the Government at any proceeding described in paragraph (2).

(6)The right to receive restitution as provided in law.

(7)The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.

(8)The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the dignity and privacy of the victim of an offense under this chapter.

Texas Crime Victim's Rights

Victims of crime are guaranteed certain rights and participation in the criminal justice system under Texas law. The Crime Victims’ Rights are within the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure arts. 56.01 – 56.021. These rights, which are listed below, are current through the Regular Session of the 84th Legislature.

In order to exercise your rights as a crime victim it is necessary to contact crime victim service providers to discuss and request, if applicable, your rights and available services. Your local district or county attorney’s office, law enforcement agency, or supervising agency (probation or prison) have crime victim service providers and staff available to assist you.

If you have any questions regarding these rights and how to exercise them, please contact the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division at 800-848-4284 or victim.svc@tdcj.texas.gov.

Art.56.021. Rights of Victim of Sexual Assault or Abuse, Stalking, or Trafficking

(a) In addition to the rights enumerated in Article 56.02, if the offense is a sexual assault, the victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is entitled to the following rights within the criminal justice system:

1.    if requested, the right to a disclosure of information regarding any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense, unless disclosing the information would interfere with the investigation or prosecution of the offense, in which event the victim, guardian, or relative shall be informed of the estimated date on which that information is expected to be disclosed;

2.    if requested, the right to a disclosure of information regarding the status of any analysis being performed of any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense; 

3.    if requested, the right to be notified:

A) at the time a request is submitted to a crime laboratory to process and analyze any evidence that was collected during the investigation of the offense;

B) at the time of the submission of a request to compare any biological evidence collected during the investigation of the offense with DNA profiles maintained in a state or federal DNA database; and

C) of the results of the comparison described by Paragraph (B), unless disclosing the results would interfere with the investigation or prosecution of the offense, in which event the victim, guardian, or relative shall be informed of the estimated date on which those results are expected to be disclosed;

 

4.    if requested, the right to counseling regarding acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection;

5.    for the victim of the offense, testing for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, antibodies to HIV, or infection with any other probable causative agent of AIDS; and 

6.    to the extent provided by Articles 56.06 and 56.065, for the victim of the offense, the right to a forensic medical examination if, within 96 hours of the offense, the offense is reported to a law enforcement agency or a forensic medical examination is otherwise conducted at a health care facility.

(b) A victim, guardian, or relative who requests to be notified under Subsection (a)(3) must provide a current address and phone number to the attorney representing the state and the law enforcement agency that is investigating the offense. The victim, guardian, or relative must inform the attorney representing the state and the law enforcement agency of any change in the address or phone number.

(c) A victim, guardian, or relative may designate a person, including an entity that provides services to victims of sexual assault, to receive any notice requested under Subsection (a)(3).

(d) This subsection applies only to a victim of an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03, 21.02, 21.11, 22.011, 22.021, 42.072, or 43.05, Penal Code. In addition to the rights enumerated in Article 56.02 and, if applicable, Subsection (a) of this article, a victim described by this subsection or a parent or guardian of the victim is entitled to the following rights within the criminal justice system:

1.    the right to request that the attorney representing the state, subject to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, file an application for a protective order under Article 7A.01 on behalf of the victim; 

2.    the right to be informed:

A) that the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, may file an application for a protective order under Article 7A.01;

B) of the court in which the application for a protective order may be filed; and

C) that, on request of the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, and subject to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the attorney representing the state may file the application for a protective order; 

3.    if the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, is present when the defendant is convicted or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, the right to be given by the court the information described by Subdivision (2) and, if the court has jurisdiction over applications for protective orders that are filed under Article 7A.01, the right to file an application for a protective order immediately following the defendant's conviction or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision; and

4.    if the victim or the victim's parent or guardian, as applicable, is not present when the defendant is convicted or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, the right to be given by the attorney representing the state the information described by Subdivision (2).


Guidlines For Reporting


If you have been the victim of sexual assault, remember...
  • Immediately report any assault; however evidence may still be collected up to 5 days after the incident.
  • Never hesitate to get help.
  • Do not change clothes (if you do, bring soiled clothing in a paper bag--not plastic). 
You don't have to be alone!

1. The assault was NOT your fault. 
You did not cause it to happen.
2. People are here to help. We are committed to supporting you and
your family members in the most sensitive and private way possible.
3. There is no "right way" in dealing with sexual assault. It is okay to be angry and important to stand up for yourself as you are ready. Let the SARC/victim advocate put you in touch with all the resources and assistance available to you.
4. Take care of yourself and ask for what you need.Remember, before washing or cleaning up, seek medical attention

TYPES OF REPORTING


Restricted Report
  • Enables military members, dependents (18+) and DoD Air Force civilian employees who are victims to report allegations of sexual assault to specified personnel without initiating an investigation. Specified personnel include the SARC, a military healthcare provider, chaplain, or an on-duty victim advocate.
  • Provides confidential reporting.
  • Allows access to medical care, counseling and a victim advocate but does not initiate the investigative process. Intended to give the victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of the victim's personal information.
  • Intended to give the victim additional time and increased control over the release and management of the victim's personal information.
  • Empowers the victim to seek relevant information and support to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
  • Civilians and retired members are not eligible to make a restricted report.
Unrestricted Report
  • Any report of a sexual assault made by a victim through normal reporting channels which includes the victim's chain of command, law enforcement, and the AFOSI or other criminal investigative service.
  • No confidentiality.
  • The SARC will be notified and assign a victim advocate to the individual.
  • Details of the allegation will be provided only to those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
Independent Report
  • Information about a sexual assault is disclosed to command from an independent or third-party source.
  • An official investigation may be initiated based upon an independent report.

SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL


Special Victim's Counsel (SVC)
 serves as a sexual assault victim's personal attorney at Air Force expense. They are active duty judge advocates whose sole role is to represent victims in a confidential, attorney-client relationship, throughout the investigation and prosecution processes.

By federal law, Air Force SVCs are only authorized to provide legal assistance to:
  • All Air Force Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard victims, who are in Title 10 status at the time of the offense, and report they are a victim of a sexual assault under the UCMJ or state and federal laws criminalizing sexual assault.
  • All adult dependents of active duty military personnel from any branch, who file an unrestricted report that they are the victim of sexual assault under the UCMJ, when an Air Force commander may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged offender.
  • All Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard victims, who are in a Title 10 status at the time of the offense, and file an unrestricted report that they are the victim of sexual assault under the UCMJ, when an Air Force commander may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged offender.
Additional information about the SVC Program can be found at the following links: SVC can be requested locally through 149th FWJudge Advocate Office at 210-925-8208, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at 210-254-6412 or Family Advocacy Program at 210-652-6308.

RECOMMENDED READING LIST


§ 
Talking About Sexual Assault: Society's Response to Survivors, By Sarah E. Ullman, PhD
§  The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, by Jackson Katz
§  I Never Called It Rape, by Robin Warshaw
§  Journey to Wholeness, by Monique Lang
§  The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-By-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault, by Aphrodite Matsakis
§  Recovering from Rape, by Linda Ledray 
§  If She Is Raped: A Guidebook for Husbands, Fathers, and Male Friends, by Alan McEvoy
§  The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Wendy Maltz
§  How to Survive Sexual Assault for Women, Men, Teenagers, and Their Friends and Families, by Helen Benedict
§  I Can't Get Over It, A Handbook for Trauma Survivors, by Aphrodite Matsakis
§  Hush, by Nicole Braddock Bromley
§  When You Are the Partner of Rape or Incest Survivor: A Workbook for You, by Robert Barry Levine
§  Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass
§  The Courage to Heal Workbook: For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Laura Davis
§  Voices of Courage, by Michael Domitrz
§  Lucky, by Alice Sebold

 

VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM


Air Force victim advocates provide essential support, liaison services and care to a sexual assault victim.


Victim advocates are active duty military personnel and DoD civilian employees selected by the SARC and who have completed a 40-hour training course.

Victim advocates are volunteers who must possess the maturity and experience to assist in very sensitive situations.

Responsibilities include:

§  Providing crisis intervention, referral and ongoing non-clinical support.
§  Providing information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions about the case.
§  Services will continue until the victim states support is no longer needed.
§  Does not provide counseling or other professional services to a victim.
§  May be present with the victim, at the victim's request, during investigative interviews and medical examinations.

Become a Volunteer

The Air Force core values and respect are the foundation of our Wingman culture--a culture in which we look out for each other and take care of each other. Incidents of sexual assault corrode the very fabric of our Wingman culture; therefore, we must strive for an environment where this behavior is not tolerated and where all Airmen are respected.

For more information on becoming a victim advocate, please contact the SAPR office at 210-925-6122 or email usaf.tx.149-fw.mbx.fw-sarc@mail.mil