BACH says new Army policy allows victims to report sexual assaults – Clarksville Online

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Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) says a new policy recently implemented by the Army is designed to help remove potential barriers that may prevent soldiers from reporting a sexual assault.

Army Directive 2022-10, Safe-to-Report for Victims of Sexual Assault, provides victims of sexual assault with certain protections from disciplinary action for minor collateral misconduct that may be associated with the incident of assault. sexual.

“This policy is a good change because it can alleviate some of the fears and reservations sexual assault victims have about coming forward and reporting their assault,” said Ms Tonika Rizer, of the Army Community Hospital. de Blanchfield, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.


Some examples of collateral misconduct listed in the policy signed by Secretary of the Army Christine E. Wormuth last month include circumstances in which:

  • The victim consumed alcohol when she was under the age of majority at the time of the attack.
  • The victim had an unprofessional relationship with the accused at the time of the sexual assault. A “non-professional relationship” is one that violated the law, regulation or policy in effect at the time of the sexual assault.
  • The victim violated any legal orders establishing curfews, no-go places, school standards, barracks/dormitory/berthing policies, or similar matters at the time of the sexual assault.

“Alcohol is a common factor in a number of sexual assault incidents and as a result underage victims may have reservations about reporting the assault because they are afraid of being punished for having consumed alcohol. Whether alcohol is involved or not, no one deserves to be sexually assaulted, period,” Rizer said.

The military defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or where the victim does not or cannot consent.

A SARC or one of their trained Victim Advocates is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support and assist victims of sexual assault.




“I think the main thing to emphasize is that if there are any concerns or questions about a sexual assault, speak with SARC or VA. We’re here to answer questions, provide information and dispel myths so victims don’t have to guess what’s going to happen. Speaking to a SARC or VA is confidential and does not necessarily trigger a report against the victim’s wishes,” Rizer said.

Victims of sexual assault can speak with a victim advocate at their unit, a victim advocate at their facility, or a military treatment center.

“Even if the victim is assigned to another unit or brigade, he can come to the hospital and make a report. It’s not unusual,” Rizer said. Currently, members of the military have two options when reporting a sexual assault; restricted or unrestricted reports.

Restricted reports are confidential and do not trigger an investigation or command involvement, but allow access to medical care, advocacy services, counseling and counsel for the victim. Unrestricted includes authorized services in Restricted Reports as well as Command Notification and Support, Law Enforcement Notification/Investigation, Military Protection Orders, and Expedited Transfer.

“If an unrestricted report is chosen, BACH SARC and the victims’ advocate will work with the victim’s brigade to ensure that all services and actions required, e.g. military protection order, planning of the security, notification to command, are completed. If the victim chooses a restricted report, all defense and other services are initiated/completed by BACH SARC/VA,” Rizer said.


More information on the new policy is available in Army Directive 2022-10.

Members of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault can find more resources and information at www.safehelpline.org

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