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This reporting option does NOT trigger an investigation. The command is notified that “an alleged sexual assault” occurred, but is not given the victim’s name or other personally identifying information. Restricted Reporting allows Service members and military dependents who are adult sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel) and receive healthcare treatment and the assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA. A sexual assault victim can report directly to a SARC, who will respond or direct a SAPR VA to respond, offer the victim healthcare treatment and a SAFE, and explain to the victim the resources available through the DD Form 2910, where the reporting option is elected. The Restricted Reporting option is only available to Service members and adult military dependents.
This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access healthcare treatment and the assignment of a SARC and a SAPR VA. When a sexual assault is reported through Unrestricted Reporting, a SARC shall be notified, respond or direct a SAPR VA to respond, offer the victim healthcare treatment and a SAFE, and inform the victim of available resources.
Note: A victim may convert a Restricted Report to an Unrestricted Report at any time.
Expanded Eligibility to file a Restricted Report: Providing victims did not personally report the sexual assault incident to law enforcement, to include MCIOs, and they did not previously elect to make an Unrestricted Report by signing a DD Form 2910, with a SARC or SAPR VA on the same sexual assault incident – they can file a Restricted Report even if they disclosed the sexual assault incident to their commander or to personnel in the chain of command.
Sexual assault victims are eligible to file Restricted Reports even if:
Why do victims retain eligibility for a Restricted Report after the investigation has closed?
To receive SAPR advocacy services that facilitate access to medical and mental health care, SVC/VLC, and a safety assessment. In addition, after filing the Restricted Report, victims receive a copy of the completed DD Form 2910, which they can use with the Department of Veterans Affairs as documentation of their sexual assault report, such as when seeking healthcare services or filing a disability claim.
The CATCH Program:
Updates to Eligibility for the Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program DoDI 6495.02, volume 1, Paragraph 4. POLICY, revised as follows:
aa. Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program allows an eligible adult sexual assault victim to submit an anonymous entry into the CATCH system to discover if the suspect in the victim’s report may have assaulted another person (i.e., a “match” in the CATCH website)
(1) Participation in the CATCH Program is voluntary and allows an eligible adult sexual assault victim to submit an anonymous entry into the CATCH database to discover if the suspect in their report may have also assaulted another person (a “potential match” in the CATCH database), and having that knowledge, decide whether to participate in an investigation of the serial offender suspect. Eligible adult sexual assault victims include those:
a. Who file, or have already filed, a Restricted Report with a DD Form 2910. If notified of a potential match, the Restricted Reporting victim can decide whether to convert to Unrestricted and participate in the investigation. The Restricted Report will not be converted based on the information provided to the CATCH Program without the victim’s written permission on a revised DD Form 2910.
b. Who file, or have already filed, an Unrestricted Report with a DD Form 2910 and the identity of their suspect was not disclosed by the victim or uncovered by law enforcement to include MCIOs (e.g., third-party report with no suspect identification). If notified of a potential match, the Unrestricted Reporting victim can decide whether he or she now wants to participate in the investigation.
(2) The CATCH Program is implemented through procedures in this issuance, DoDI 5505.18, “Investigation of Adult Sexual Assault in the Department of Defense,” and P&R Memo, “Procedures to Implement the ‘Catch a Serial Offender’ Program,” issued June 10, 2019. DoDI 5505.18, Section 3.6, is revised as follows:
f. An individual eligible for the CATCH Program has the option to submit details of the incident to the appropriate MCIO via their SARC. Such information will be submitted anonymously and without affecting the restricted nature of the report, if a Restricted Report. The information obtained by the MCIO will be used in an effort to identify individuals who are suspected of perpetrating multiple sexual assaults.
(1) Information received via the CATCH Program will not trigger an investigation unless the victim(s) of the reported sexual assault agree to convert their reporting option from Restricted to Unrestricted, or if originally an Unrestricted Report (see above) if the victim(s) now agree to participate in the investigation. If the victim(s) of the reported sexual assault change their reporting option to Unrestricted, the MCIO will proceed in accordance with the requirements in this section.