To report a sexual assault through Fort Lee’s 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline:
Call 804-894-0029 (All Services)
We are responsible for and committed to eliminating sexual assault at Fort Lee, Virginia.
SEXUAL ASSAULT is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and a violation of Army Values. It is intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
It is our moral obligation to do everything in our power to prevent this crime from occurring.
Policy: “Sexual harassment and sexual assault will not be tolerated in the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM). Commanders will implement programs to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment in order to enable team cohesion and readiness…” (CASCOM Policy #16-02, Dated 29 FEB 2016)
- Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee Commanding General
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.
The goals of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program are:
- Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Army personnel, Army civilians and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.
- Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.
- Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.
- Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims' health and well-being.
- Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.
DoD, Army and Fort Lee Policies
- DoD Directive 6495.01: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
- DoD Instruction 6495.02 - Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Procedures
Fort Lee SHARP Hotline 804-894-0029 Help is available 24/7
National Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-5247
Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647
CID: 1-804-734-1008 / 1-804-734-1506 / 1-804-734-1482
MSG Bellamy, Verna
Installation Lead SARC
Hotline: (804) 683-8000
SSG Hinmon, Anita
Hotline: (804) 894-0029
Mr. Jeffery Watts
Mrs. Mercedes Acuna
Ms. Lauren Barboza
Cell: (804) 479-5173
Ms. Quenita Samuel
Cell: (804) 479-5193
SFC Williams, Hope
Cell: (804) 317-7523
Ms. Yessica Gonzalez-Hernandez
Cell: (804) 892-4185
SFC Allen-Pineda, Denise
Cell: (804) 731-9589
SSG Williams, Lamar
Cell: (804) 731-9589
SFC Brossard, Latisha
SSI SARC (Fort Jackson)
Cell: (803) 629-7967
Mr. Joel Hogan
SSI VA (Fort Jackson)
Cell: (803) 429-5169
SFC Espinoza, Randeen
Cell: (804) 586-9324
SSG Coston, Larica
Cell: (804) 586-9324
Mrs. Julie Williams
Cell: (804) 586-9324
SHARP Foundation Course (80-Hour Course):
17-28 October 2016
Building 9028 – Fort Lee Diversity Office
For more information, contact:
MSG Bellamy, Verna
Installation Lead SARC
Prevention begins with the proper training and education of our Soldiers and family members on sexual assault issues.
We must all be prepared to act and intervene when something does not seem right. If we see a Soldier or family member who is vulnerable, we must act to ensure that person's safety.
We must be especially alert to situations involving the use of alcohol, as many sexual assaults occur when people are intoxicated - both the perpetrator and the victim. We must moderate our use of alcohol and always ensure that we have friends or fellow Soldiers looking out for our best interests. Keep in mind that the vast majority of sexual assault offenses are committed by an acquaintance, not a stranger.
We also should be aware of the fact that sexual assault is not just a problem among the military ranks. Our family members could become victims. It could happen in the housing areas at Fort Lee and elsewhere. We must be aware of our family's surroundings and always provide for their safety when we invite others into our homes.
Protect the most vulnerable in our community, our children.
When prevention fails, we will respond to any sexual crime with care and concern for victims, a thorough investigation and appropriate actions to ensure that offenders are held accountable.
Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the HOTLINE at (804) 894-0029.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report offenses, so that sexual assault are investigated and prevents repeat offenses and the victimization of others.
Sexual assault is the most under reported crime in our society and in the military.
While the Department of Defense (DoD) 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 no command or law enforcement involvement.
The DoD 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, sexual assault victims are offered two reporting options, restricted or unrestricted reporting.
This option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and counseling without triggering the official investigative process. Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Victim Advocate, or a healthcare provider.
As provided for above, victims may also discuss the assault with a chaplain. Discussing the assault with a chaplain is not a restricted report under this policy, it is a communication that may be protected under the Military Rules of Evidence (MRE) or applicable statues and regulations. The restricted reporting process does not affect any privilege recognized under the MRE. This policy on restricted reporting is in addition to the current protections afforded by privileged communications with a chaplain, and does not alter or affect those protections.
Healthcare providers will initiate the appropriate care and treatment, and report the sexual assault to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator in lieu of reporting the assault to law enforcement or the command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will immediately assign a Victim Advocate to the victim. The assigned Victim Advocate will provide accurate information on the process of restricted vice unrestricted reporting.
At the victim’s discretion/request an appropriately trained healthcare provider shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. In the absence of a DoD provider, the service member will be referred to an appropriate civilian facility for the SAFE.
Who May Make A Restricted Report
Restricted reporting is available to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard and active duty dependents. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active-duty training or inactive-duty training and members of the National Guard in federal (Title 10) status). Members of the Reserve Component not performing federal duty are not eligible. Retired members of any component are not eligible. Adult dependents, 18 years of age and older, are eligible when sexually assaulted by someone other than their spouse or intimate partner. DoD civilian employees are eligible for consultation with a Victim Advocate to gain a referral to local community-based advocacy, counseling and medical services.
Example Restricted Reporting
- Servicemember Smith arrives at the base medical emergency room and reports she has been sexually assaulted. Healthcare providers immediately notify the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and begin any appropriate emergency medical treatment.
- The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator assigns a Victim Advocate to assist service member Smith. The Victim Advocate meets service member Smith at the hospital and explains the unrestricted/restricted reporting options and the processes associated with each, to include applicable pros/cons. Servicemember Smith elects the restricted reporting option.
- Servicemember Smith is asked if she would like a forensic examination, and she agrees.
- The Victim Advocate advises the healthcare provider that servicemember Smith has elected the restricted reporting option and would like a SAFE.
- Forensic evidence of the assault is collected and preserved in a non-personally identifying manner.
- The healthcare provider determines and schedules follow-up medical treatment as appropriate.
- The Victim Advocate advises the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator that servicemember Smith has elected the restricted reporting option.
- Within 24 hours of servicemember Smith's restricted report, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will inform the installation commander that an assault has occurred, and provide the commander with non-identifying personal information/details related to the sexual assault allegation. This information includes: rank, gender, age, race, service, date, time and/or location. Information is disclosed in a manner that preserves the victim's anonymity. Careful consideration of which details to include is of particular significance at installations or other locations where there are a limited number of minority females or female officers assigned. The installation commander may notify the criminal investigators. However, no criminal investigation will be initiated unless originated from another source or the victim elects to come forward via unrestricted reporting.
- The installation commander identifies trends and takes appropriate measures (i.e. increased security patrols, enhanced education and training, enhanced environmental and safety measures) to prevent further sexual assaults.
- The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator maintains information regarding the number of sexual assaults for both unrestricted and restricted reports. Restricted report numbers will be included in the annual report. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator also will capture trends and perform trend analysis. Sexual Assault Response Coordinator awareness of trends will be a first line of defense against a potential serial assailant. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator can at any time return to servicemember Smith to ask if he or she is willing to reconsider his or her restricted reporting decision given the potential of a serial offender.
- The Victim Advocate maintains communication and contact with the victim as needed for continued victim support.
Considerations when Electing a Restricted Reporting Decision
- You receive appropriate medical treatment, advocacy, and counseling.
- Provides some personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.
- Empowers you to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation.
- You control the release and management of your personal information.
- You decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.
- Your assailant remains unpunished and capable of assaulting other victims.
- You cannot receive a military protective order.
- You will continue to have contact with your assailant, if he/she is in your organization or billeted with you.
- Evidence from the crime scene where the assault occurred will be lost, and the official investigation, should you switch to an unrestricted report, will likely encounter significant obstacles.
- You will not be able to discuss the assault with anyone, to include your friends, without imposing an obligation on them to report the crime. The only exceptions would be chaplains, designated healthcare providers, your assigned Victim Advocate and the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
- You will be ineligible to invoke the collateral misconduct provision of the Department's sexual assault policy in the event that your command learns that you had been engaged in some form of misconduct at the time you were assaulted.
This option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, counseling and an official investigation of the crime. When selecting unrestricted reporting, you should use current reporting channels, e.g. chain of command, law enforcement or report the incident to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or request healthcare providers to notify law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will immediately assign a Victim Advocate. At the victim's discretion/request, the healthcare provider shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.
Unrestricted Reporting Example
- Service member Smith arrives at the base medical emergency room and reports she has been sexually assaulted.
- Healthcare providers immediately notify the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and begin administration of any emergency medical treatment as appropriate.
- The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator assigns a Victim Advocate to assist service member Smith.
- The Victim Advocate meets service member Smith at the hospital, explains the unrestricted/restricted reporting options and processes associated with each to include applicable pros/cons.
- Service member Smith elects the unrestricted reporting option.
- The Victim Advocate immediately notifies the appropriate Criminal Investigative Service and the victim's unit commander.
- Criminal investigators arrive and begin the investigation.
- Service member Smith is asked if she would like a sexual assault forensic examination, and he or she agrees.
- The Victim Advocate advises the healthcare provider that service member Smith has elected the unrestricted reporting option and would like a sexual assault forensic examination.
- Forensic evidence of the assault is collected by healthcare providers, and at its conclusion, criminal investigators take chain of custody.
- The healthcare provider determines and schedules follow-up medical treatment as appropriate.
- The Victim Advocate advises the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator that service member Smith has elected the unrestricted reporting option.
- In addition to any current existing channels of notification, within 24 hours of service member Smith's unrestricted report, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will inform the installation commander that an assault has occurred, and provide the Commander with the details of the assault.
- The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator maintains information regarding the number of sexual assaults for both unrestricted and restricted reports. Restricted report numbers will be included in the annual report.
- The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator will also capture trends and perform trend analysis.
- The Victim Advocate maintains communications and contact with victim as needed for continued victim support.
This command will act on all reports of sexual assault. First and foremost, victims will be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. Victims will have access to medical care, counseling, and victim advocacy.
All unrestricted reports of sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID).
Furthermore, by direction of the Secretary of Defense, disposition authority for allegations of rape, sexual assault, and forcible sodomy is withheld to brigade commanders. This means that brigade commanders, at a minimum, are required to make decisions regarding cases involving such crimes.
Sexual assault is a crime and will not be tolerated at Fort Lee, VA or the Army.
Sexual assault is a crime.
Department of Defense defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Consent should not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Additionally, consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated or unconscious.
Sexual assault includes rape, non-consensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (e.g., unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact or fondling) or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship or age of victim.
I have been sexually assaulted. What should I do?
- Go to a safe location away from the attacker.
- Contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Victim Advocate or healthcare provider. You also may contact your chain of command or law enforcement (military or civilian), however if you do, an investigation will be initiated through the appropriate Criminal Investigative Service or local law enforcement agency.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Ask the healthcare provider to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination to preserve forensic evidence. If you suspect you had been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected.
- Preserve all evidence of the assault. Do not bathe, wash your hands, eat or drink or brush your teeth. Do not clean or straighten up the crime scene.
- Write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.
Sexual Harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders when submission to, or rejection of, such conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, work performance, or creates a hostile or intimidating work environment.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or contact your local hospital right away.
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- 5801 Bremo Rd Richmond, VA 23226
- Kenner Army Medical Center
- Building 8130, 700 24th Street, Fort Lee, VA 23801
- Southside Regional Medical Center
- 200 Medical Park Boulevard, Petersburg, VA 23805
- (804) 765-5000
- FORT LEE SHARP HOTLINE: 804-894-0029 - Help is available 24/7
- DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-5247
- Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647
- National Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- The James House: 24 HR Crisis Hotline 804-458-2840 - Free, confidential assistance for victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.
Law enforcement agencies
- Fort Lee Criminal Investigation Command
- Non-emergency: 804-734-1008; 804-734-1506; 804-734-1482
- Building 11109, 3800 A Ave, Fort Lee, VA 23801
- Fort Lee Provost Marshal Office (217th Military Police Detachment)
- Non-emergency: 804-734-7400
- Building 8526, 1900 Mahone Ave, Fort Lee, VA 23801
- Prince George County Police Department
- Non-emergency: 804-733-2773
- 6600 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA 23875
- Petersburg Police Department
- Non-emergency: 804-732-4222
- 37 East Tabb Street, Petersburg, VA 23801
- Hopewell Police Department
- Non-emergency: 804-541-2222
- 3000 Main St., Hopewell, VA 23860
- Chesterfield Police Department
- Non-emergency: 804-748-1251
- 10001 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
- Richmond Police Department
- Non-emergency: 804-646-5100
- 200 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220