Sexual Assault

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Office is here to support the Service Members of the Colorado Air and Army National Guard. In addition, the SARC office will help refer any Family Member or Supporter to the appropriate civilian entity. If you call the SARC hotline, you will receive assistance.

 

Colorado National Guard Sexual Assault Helpline:

720-847-SARC (7272)

 

DEFINITION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT (DOD Definition): Sexual assault is defined as 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 the gender, spousal relationship, or age of the victim.

  • “Consent” will 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, the threat of force, or coercion, or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.
  • Other sex-related offenses are defined as all other sexual acts or acts in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that do not meet the definition of sexual assault or the definition of sexual harassment as stated in DOD Directive 1350.2. Examples of other sex-related offenses could include indecent acts with another and adultery.

 

What to do in case you have been sexually assaulted:

 

1. SELF-CARE

Go to a hospital Emergency Room immediately*…do not shower, do not throw your clothes away. *Regardless of when the sexual assault took place, you can report the situation at any time.

 

2. CONTACT SARC

SARC will coordinate a Victim Advocate to meet you at the emergency room. They will be your support through this process. Call 720-847-7272.

 

To view the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator page along with program and contact information, click here.

 

What to do in case you are thinking about harming yourself or committing suicide:

 

1. Call 911

Call 911 and tell the operator that you are thinking about harming yourself.

 

For information on suicide prevention, navigate here.