Promoting respect, preserving dignity

126th Air Refueling Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The 126th Air Refueling Wing SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care for members of the 126 ARW. The SARC office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the Wing.

Promoting respect, preserving dignity

109th Airlift Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. The 109th Airlift Wing SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care for members of the 109th AW. The SARC office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the Wing.

What constitutes a sexual assault or rape? 

Sexual Assault: intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not, or cannot, consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts.

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.
Failure by the victim to offer physical resistance does mean consent. Consent is not considered to be given if a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Sexual assault is any sexual contact/act with a person without their consent.

Your rights as a victim:


As a Federal crime victim, you have the following rights:

The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy;
The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender;
The right to be notified of court proceedings;
The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial;
The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
The right to available restitution;
The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

Obtaining Help

Immediate medical care is essential. Get to a safe place and CALL 911. Once medical care has been established, contact the 126 ARW SARC at (618) 222-5765, the 126 ARW SARC Helpline (24/7): (618) 558-6857, and/or contact the Department of Defense Safe Helpline at (877) 955-5247 or www.SafeHelpline.org. at (877) 955-5247 or www.SafeHelpline.org.

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 conduct, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

The 126th Air Refueling Wing SARC office provides sexual assault response capability for all victims. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault may contact the SARC at (618) 222-5765.

After you contact the SARC, you will be assigned a trained Victim Advocate. Your Victim Advocate will explain reporting options, and may meet you at the hospital for a medical evaluation, treatment and examination. It is your option to accept or decline victim advocacy .

The Air Force provides two avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting. Restricted Reporting allows a victim to report a Sexual Assault 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. 

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). 

Restricted Reporting is available to active duty military, Coast Guard, Reservist performing federal training and members of the National Guard under Title 10 status.