Reporting a Sexual Assault Incident


If you think you have been sexually assaulted

Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator. If possible, preserve all evidence.

  • Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth or comb your hair.
  • Do not eat or drink as either could compromise forensic evidence collection.
  • If you are still in the location where the crime occurred, do not clean, straighten up or remove anything from the crime scene.
  • If you have already changed clothes, put the clothes you were wearing when the crime occurred in a paper bag.
  • Write down, tape or record by any means all the details you can recall about what happened and your assailant.

Seek medical care as soon as possible

  • Call 911 or your installation's emergency medical care services. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries seek medical personnel as soon as you can.  
  • Contact a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or a Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA).  Both are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at every military installation.  

Report the incident

  • Speak with a SARC or SAPR VA. Both are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at every military installation.  
  • Contact the DoD Safe Helpline:

Call: 1-877-995-5247
Text: 55-247(001-202-470-5546 outside the U.S.)