When a victim of sexual assault decides to report, it's important to understand the options available. Knowing the difference between restricted and unrestricted reporting will help you avoid issues down the road. Let's take a closer look.

Knowing Your Options

Service members and military dependents (18 years and older) have two options when it comes to reporting sexual assault: unrestricted or restricted reporting. The victim will need to fill out a DD Form 2910 with assistance from a Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA), SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), or Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC).

Unrestricted Reporting - starts an official law enforcement investigation, enlists the support of the chain of command, and provides a victim with access to ALL supportive service options:

  • Advocacy Services (support, information, referral, and accompaniment)
  • Medical/Counseling Services
  • Victims' Legal Counsel
  • Law Enforcement Notification/Investigation
  • Command Notification/Support
  • Military Protective Order
  • Expedited Transfer

With unrestricted reporting, knowledge of the sexual assault is limited to those with need-to-know.

Restricted Reporting - is confidential, does not trigger an investigation or command involvement, and allows the victim to access THESE supportive service options: 

  • Advocacy Services (support, information, referral, and accompaniment)
  • Medical/Counseling Services
  • Victims' Legal Counsel

A victim can choose to convert a Restricted Report to Unrestricted at any time. However, once an Unrestricted Report is made, the restricted option is no longer available.

Who to Contact to File a Report

For an Unrestricted Report - Victims can disclose a sexual assault to these people:

  •  Uniformed Victim Advocate 
  • Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Chaplain
  • Victims' Legal Counsel
  • Chain of Command
  • Law Enforcement 
     

For a Restricted Report - Victims can only disclose a sexual assault to the UVA, SAPR VA, SARC, healthcare personnel (except in certain states or local jurisdictions where such personnel are required to disclose sexual assaults to law enforcement, including CA), chaplain, and victims' legal counsel.

To learn more, visit the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response page.