The Air Force has instituted new 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.
Restricted: Confidential reporting that allows a service member, adult dependent, or a defense civilian to report a sexual assault and seek support services such as mental health, victim advocacy, and legal representation. Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and chain of command will NOT be notified.
NOTE: Medical Providers, other than Mental Health, are mandatory reporters in California.
Unrestricted: Reporting option for service members, adult dependents, and defense civilians to report a sexual assault and seek accountability for the reported offender. An investigation will be initiated and "need to know" individuals in the chain of command will be notified. Respect for privacy remains a priority with this option, as well.
Independent: Reporting option for someone other than a victim, such as a friend, co-worker, or mandatory reporter, to report a sexual assault.