New Air Force policy provides sexual harassment advocacy

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  • By 1st Lt. Samantha Van Vynck
  • Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office

Air Force military personnel can now access the same advocacy resources for sexual harassment as they would for sexual assault under a recent Department of the Air Force policy change.

Airmen and Space Force Guardians who are sexually harassed can now seek advocacy services and file a Restricted or Unrestricted Report with their local Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. The changes are intended to bring sexual assault and harassment advocacy together under one agency as part of broader reforms to help victims seeking services.

The victim advocacy option does not replace the military equal opportunity complaint process. As such, military members electing an Unrestricted Report with the SAPR Office to receive sexual harassment advocacy services may also file a separate military equal opportunity complaint through the Equal Opportunity Office or they can go directly to their commander to report the allegation.

Department of the Air Force civilians, service member dependents, and retirees may be eligible to use the EO complain process for allegations of sexual harassment but are not eligible for the restricted of unrestricted advocacy services through the SAPR Office.

Active-duty Airmen and Guardians, Reserve service members, and Air National Guard when on federalized status have the option to file a Restricted Report, in which there is 100% confidentiality, or an Unrestricted Report, which triggers an investigation into the allegations.

For questions about sexual harassment advocacy, or how to go about filing a report, contact the Hill AFB Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office at 801-777-1985.