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The Special Victim's Counsel program began in January 2013 to give victims of sexual assault a voice.
The purpose of the SVC is to provide legal advice, protect the rights and privacy of victims, and empower victims as they engage with the military justice process. Any information given to the SVC attorney or paralegal is CONFIDENTIAL. Your attorney can represent you during interviews, Article 32 hearings, and court martial proceedings.
Who can be represented?
- All active duty Air Force members regardless of a perpetrator's status
- Active duty Air Force adult and minor dependents if the perpetrator is Air Force
- Civilians (only if eligible for legal assistance) if the perpetrator is Air Force All active duty members from another service will be forwarded to the respective branches SVCs.
The SVC and Paralegal representatives for Kadena Air Base are:
SVC: Capt Robert Ritchie (DSN 634-2720 or +81-080-9850-9679)
Paralegal: SSgt De Vera (DSN 634-7193 or +81-080-9850-9680)
If you would like SVC representation we accept walk-ins or referrals through the SARC and legal office. Our hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We can be contacted at DSN 315-634-2720.
DoD DEFINITION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy, indecent assault or attempts to commit these acts.
Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or the age of the victim.
"Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated or unconscious.
DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Web Site
Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
U.S. Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
DoD Safe Helpline
Military OneSource 24/7
National Organization for Victim Assistance
Government Fact Sheet on Sexual Violence
UCMJ: Article 120
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