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.
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 email@example.com.
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).
§ 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
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.
§ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Sophia L. Alexander
149 FW 24-Hour ReportLine
DoD Safe Helpline
or text location or zip to 55247
San Antonio Rape Crisis Center
149th FW Chaplain
Base Legal Assistance
Lackland AFB Security Forces (LE Desk)
Family Advocacy Program
TMD Mental Health Services
Methodist Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
Wilford Hall Medical Center
Family Violence Prevention Services
San Antonio Police Special Victim's Unit
Lackland Sexual Assault Convictions