Restricted Reporting aallows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA)/Volunteer Victim Advocate (VVA), Chaplains or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assistance from a SARC and SAPR VA/VAA, without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the CATCH program or eventually in the criminal investigation/legal process.
Restricted Reporting is available for all service members and their dependents over the age of 18, and civilians regardless of duty station.
Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made to the SARC, SAPR VA/VAA, healthcare personnel, chain-of-command, law enforcement, legal personnel or a chaplain. Details about the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know. With the victim/survivor's consent, Maine hospitals will share identifying information to law enforcement regarding the sexual assault forensic exam. This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling. Additional benefits of an Unrestricted Report include requesting an Expedited Transfer for victim or the offender, assistance with gaining a protection order, and filing for Victim Compensation Benefits.
Unrestricted Reporting is available for:
- All service members and their dependents over the age of 18
- DoD civilians and their dependents over the age of 18 (Military Treatment Facility access and/or serving in an overseas location)
- Contractors (if supporting in a contingency location outside the continental United States)
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.
Can I Change from Restricted to Unrestricted? Yes. You may change a Restricted Report to an Unrestricted Report at any time. This may provide personal space and time to consider your options in order to make a more informed decision. Please discuss how to do this with your SARC SAPR VA, or VAA.