VAP – Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault – Reporting Options
Unrestricted Reporting-Victims of sexual assault who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, such as their chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim. In addition, the healthcare provider will conduct any forensic medical examination deemed appropriate, at the victim's discretion and request.
Restricted Reporting-Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of sexual assault to disclose the details of his or her assault to specifically identified individuals and to receive medical treatment and victim advocacy services without requiring that notice be provided to the victim's or alleged offender's commander or law enforcement. Victims of sexual assault who desire to make a restricted report under this policy MUST report the assault to one of the following specific individuals: a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, a Uniformed Victim Advocate, the SARC (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator), or healthcare provider. Additionally, a victim's disclosure of his or her sexual assault to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.
Exceptions to Confidentiality and Restricted Reporting and Limitations on Use-Information regarding a restricted report may be disclosed to the following persons or entities for the following reasons:
- Named individuals when disclosure is authorized by the victim in writing.
- Command officials or law enforcement when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the victim or another person.
- FAP and any other agencies authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect when, as a result of the victim’s disclosure, the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider has a reasonable belief that child abuse has also occurred. However, disclosure will be limited only to information related to the child abuse.
- Disability Retirement Boards and officials when disclosure by a healthcare provider is required for fitness for duty for disability retirement determinations, limited only to that information which is necessary to process the disability retirement determination.
- Supervisors of the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider when disclosure is required for the supervision of direct victim treatment or services.
- Military or civilian courts of competent jurisdiction when a military, Federal or State judge issues a subpoena for the covered communications to be presented to the court or to other officials or entities when the judge orders such disclosure; or to other officials or entities when required by Federal or State statute or applicable U.S. international agreement.
How Do I Contact a Victim Advocate?
Henderson Hall has a Victim Advocates who is available to speak with victims of domestic abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM), you can call the Family Advocacy Program at 703-614-7204 and speak with one of our Victim Advocates.
- If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate after regular business hours, you can call the Victim Advocacy Hotline at 202-439-6038.
- If you are an active duty service member and you are a victim of sexual assault, you may also speak with the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) assigned to your Command for additional information about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program, for Restricted and Unrestricted reporting options or to report an assault (website). The H&S Battalion SARC can be reached during working hours at 703-693-4733 or by cell phone at 571-205-1298. The H&S Battalion UVA can be reached during working hours at 703-693-7407 (office) or by cell phone at 202-439-5827.
National Hotline for Victims of Domestic Abuse
The National Hotline for victims of sexual assault is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1-800-656-HOPE (