The 482nd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and Victim Advocates (VAs) are available to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault.
The 482nd FW SARC is the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim and survivor care for members of the 482nd Fighter Wing and Homestead ARB.
A victim may request the assistance of a trained Victim Advocate who will explain the reporting options and may accompany the victim to the hospital for medical evaluation, treatment or examination.

Obtaining Help
Obtaining help and immediate medical care is essential. Get to a safe place and/or get to Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Health Center, or call 911 . As soon as possible, before going to the hospital or after, contact the 482nd FW SARC (24/7) at 786.415.7272.

Sexual Assault Defined

Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its man 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 acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim. 

Consent is defined as 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 one accused use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship by itself 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. 

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, 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:
- Active duty service members and their dependent over the age of 18 who are eligible for treatment in a military healthcare system (MHS). - National Guard and Reserve members in military status performing active or inactive duty training.
- National Guard and Reserve members in military status performing active or inactive duty training.
***NEW - National Guard and Reserve Component members are eligible to file a Restricted or Unrestricted Report when they are not is any military status with the SARC, they will receive limited support services from a SARC.

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 Special 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. This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.

South Florida Resources

Homestead ARB SARC: 786-415-7272
(Contact available 24/7)

Homestead ARB SARC: 786-415-7606

Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center Jackson Health:  
North: 305-585-7273

Homestead ARB Command Post:  786-415-7023

Air Force Office of Special Investigations:  786-415-7900

M.U.J.E.R. Homestead
South Dade Rape Crises Center for both men and women

Homestead ARB Security Forces:  786-415-7115 or

Broward County Sexual Assault Hotline:  954-761-7273

Monroe County Sheriff:  305-853-3211
(Ask for a Victim Advocate) 

Switchboard of Miami:  305-358-4357

AF Special Victims' Counsel

Sexual assault victims can contact the nearest Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) office ask questions about the SVC Program and request an SVC. They can also request an SVC through their local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Family Advocacy Program (FAP). ***Note: Homestead ARB does not have a Family Advocacy Program (FAP).
--SVCs will serve as a victim's personal attorney at Air Force expense.
--SVCs are active duty judge advocates (JAG) whose sole role is to represent victims in a confidential, attorney-client relationship, throughout the investigation and prosecution processes.
--Each SVC's chain of command runs through the Air Force Legal Operations Agency in Washington, DC. This independence means that no one in a victim's chain of command or the chain of command of the perpetrator will influence an SVC's representation of their clients.

What can an SVC do for victims of sexual assault?
--SVCs will cover the full scope of their representation the first time they meet with their clients.
--SVCs can provide advice to clients and advocate their interests to investigators, trial counsel, defense counsel, and commanders.
--SVCs can attend the interviews (telephonically and sometimes in person) victims have with investigators, trial counsel, and defense counsel.
--SVCs can explain questions their clients have about the investigatory and military justice processes.
--SVCs can help protect victims' privacy interests.

Certain categories of victims of sexual assault are eligible for SVC:
--Air Force members (Active Duty and Reserve/Guard in Title 10 status at time of offense) - Both restricted and unrestricted reports
--Adult dependents of Air Force members if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Both restricted and unrestricted reports
--Other service members and adult dependents if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Unrestricted reports only
--Other categories eligible for legal assistance from the Air Force if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Unrestricted reports only
--In addition, Basic Military Training and Technical Training students who are involved in an unprofessional relationship that involves physical contact of a sexual nature with faculty or staff are eligible if the incident occurs within the first 6 months of their service.



Safe Helpline App

DoD Safe Helpline App

The Safe Helpline app (for iOS or Android) allows sexual assault survivors in the military to create a customized self-care plan and connect to resources from anywhere in the world. Your personalized plan and app usage will be stored only on your mobile device, so that you may keep it completely confidential.

The PLAN feature allows you to answer six questions about how you are feeling and then provides you with a list of exercises and resources that you may find helpful.
If you like, you can also save your plans for future reference.

The EXERCISE feature contains a variety of audio and visual tools such as guided breathing and muscle relaxation. These exercises take only a few minutes each and can be used at home, in the office, or anywhere else you may need them.
Once you've downloaded the app, you don't need an internet connection to access any of the exercises or your self-care plan.
You can also mark your favorite exercises for future use.

The SAFETY feature our top priority. Because of that, we designed the Safe Helpline app so that you can remain completely anonymous.
While RAINN operates the Safe Helpline under contract from the Department of Defense (DoD), we will not share any personally identifying information about your use of the app with DoD or your chain of command, unless required by law.
Keep in mind that if you are using a DoD or other work-related device, your employer may be able to track your usage of this app.


Bystander Intervention
There is always something someone can do to help prevent sexual assault. Don't be a bystander that just stands by and does nothing. Be a bystander that can make a difference. Click here to see how.