Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program

Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Victim Advocates are available at all Air Force installations to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault. Malmstrom Air Force Base's SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating care for sexual assault victims on base 24/7, 365 days a year. 

The SAPR Program reinforces the Air Force's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through awareness and prevention training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. 

Help is just a phone call away: If you have been sexually assaulted, please call the SAPR contacts listed.

Sexual Assault Defined

Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its uniformed personnel and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values. 

Sexual Assault is defined
 as intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these offenses. 

Consent is words or overt acts indicating a freely-given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused's use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity.

Assault Reporting Options

The Air Force has instituted avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.

Restricted Reporting allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, Chaplains or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, 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 criminal process.

Restricted Reporting is available for:
- All service members and their dependents over the age of 18

Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (chain of command, security forces, and/or OSI). This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.

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 (MTF access and/or serving in an OS 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.

Victims' Counsel

Victims' Counsel
The Malmstrom Victims' Counsel assists eligible victims through most criminal and civil legal matters relating to a reported sexual assault, whether restricted or unrestricted; VCs are NOT mandatory reporters. VCs ensure that victim's rights, as defined by Congress, are maintained throughout the court-martial process as well as protecting victims' privacy rights throughout the investigation and court-marital process. VCs can attend all interviews with the victim (in person or by telephone). More information is available here.

What VCs do for victims of sexual assault:
- Advocate your voice and choice
- Provide CONFIDENTIAL legal advice
- Protect your rights and privacy interests
- Provides legal assistance
- Advises you on the investigation and prosecution process
-Attends interviews, hearings, and Courts-Martial with you

Who does the VC work for?
- VCs DO NOT work for anyone on base except you
- VCs have an independent chain of command in Washington, DC

Contact your VC, SARC, FAP, or Legal Office to request an VC
- Restricted Reports: Go to the SARC, FAP, Chaplain, or Health Care Provider to ensure the report remains restricted.

MAFB SAPR Contacts

Malmstrom Air Force Base has a 24/7 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Hotline that can be reached by calling (406) 781-6005.
As a secondary option, the SAPR office can be contacted to help Airmen with reporting options. They can be reached by calling 731-4225.