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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program

SARC IntroDyess Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program offers support services for victims of sexual assault: 

- One-on-one direct interpersonal support 
- Crisis intervention, referral and ongoing support 
- Initial response 
- During investigative, legal and recovery processes (if unrestricted) 
- Available options and resources, on and off base, so victims can make informed decisions 
- Information on available resources, on and off base 
- Informed decisions regarding restricted and unrestricted reporting

Report 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 (for example: reports to chain of command, security forces, and/or Air Force Office of Investigation). 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.

Assault Defined

Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform 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.


Dyess SARC

Elaine Stirling
 Elaine Stirling
(325) 696-5499

Contact SAPR

-24/7 Dyess Helpline (325) 696-SARC (7272)
-To contact Ms. Stirling: (325) 696-5499/ DSN 461-5499
-To contact Ms. Hensley: (325) 696-5449/ DSN 461-5449
-Office Location: 217 5th Street, Building 7402, Room 170 & 171