How Do I Report a Sexual Assault?
What Support Services are Available to Me?
If you have been, or think you may have been sexually assaulted recently:
- Go to a safe location away from the perpetrator.
- Call your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). The SARC at the CGA is Shannon Norenberg and she can be reached at 860-625-1002.
- The 24/7 DoD Safe Helpline also provides assistance. Users have three ways to access their services: "click, call or text" for confidential support, available 24/7 worldwide.
Click - Log on to www.SafeHelpline.org for live, one-on-one confidential help with a trained professional.
Call - Call the hotline at 1-877-995-5247 to speak with a trained staff member for personalized advice and support for military and civilian resources.
Text - Text a location or zip code to 55-247 (inside the U.S.) or 001-202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.) to receive contact information for the SARC.
- The Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut is another option. The 24-hour hotline is completely free and confidential and can be reached at 860-437-7766. Contacting them will not result in either a restricted or an unrestricted report.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and you need assistance, please follow these guidelines to preserve all evidence of the assault:
- It is recommended that you do not change clothes, but if you feel you must, bring soiled clothing in a paper bag -- not plastic.
- Do not eat or drink anything.
- Do not shower, wash your hands, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
- Do not take or apply any type of medication to your injuries.
- Do not use the bathroom, but if you must, bring urine for testing in a plastic or glass container.
- If you are still at the location in which the crime occurred, do not clean, straighten up or remove anything from the crime scene.
Seek medical care as soon as possible:
- Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or becoming pregnant.
- Ask the health care personnel to conduct a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) to preserve forensic evidence. Regardless of which reporting option you choose you have the right to have this exam. When making a restricted report, the SAFE kit will be held for up to 12 months without being processed. With an unrestricted report, the investigative process is initiated and the kit will be used as evidence.
- If you suspect you have been drugged, inform the health care personnel so they can administer the correct tests.
- Write down or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and the perpetrator.
Sexual abuse incidents occurring between family members shall be reported in accordance with the provisions in COMDTINST 1750.7C, Family Advocacy Program.