Sexual assault is the most underreported crime in our society and in the Military. While the Department of Defense prefers complete reporting of sexual assaults to activate both victims' services and law enforcement actions, it recognizes that some victims desire only medical and support services and do not want command or law enforcement involvement. The Department believes its first priority is for victims to be protected, treated with dignity and respect and to receive the medical treatment, care and counseling that they deserve.

Under DoD's Confidentiality Policy, military victims of sexual assault have two reporting options — Restricted Reporting and Unrestricted Reporting. Military retirees, dependents and other civilian victims currently may use only Unrestricted Reporting.

Learn about Restricted Reporting Learn about Unrestricted Reporting

Download a sample sexual assault Flow Chart