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Safe Helpline is an anonymous, confidential, and secure way for Department of Defense community members affected by sexual assault to get support, information and resources 24/7, from anywhere in the world.  Whether it happened to you or someone you care about, anyone affected by sexual assault can find support, information, and resources through Safe Helpline.

Trying to understand what happened can be difficult.  Safe Helpline can connect you with information about the effects of sexual assault, how to get help, reporting options, and how trauma can impact the brain. 

When you are ready to connect with resources in your local area, Safe Helpline’s responder database provides contact information on military and civilian resources in your local area, to help you continue your healing process.

If you believe you have experienced or witnessed retaliation following a report of sexual assault, you can notify the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, or make a report to the Department of Defense Inspector General directly.

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Safe Helpline provides anonymous, live, one-on-one specialized support, information, and resources to help empower sexual assault survivors in the Department of Defense community as they take the next steps in their healing process. Safe Helpline services are available worldwide, 24/7—ensuring access to help, anytime, anywhere. Safe Helpline staff receives highly specialized training to be able to support survivors by serving as a listening ear in times of crisis, working through individual concerns, and providing information about local resources.

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Information for Responders Working with Survivors

At Safe Helpline, we are committed to supporting sexual assault survivors as well as the SARCs, SAPR VAs and other stakeholders who work with survivors every day.  We offer trustworthy resources that you can incor

As a leader, you may encounter a situation where there is a sexual assault in your unit.

Sometimes, survivors may be hesitant to share their experiences because they are not sure how others will react.

Transitioning out of the military can be a stressful time, but may be especially difficult for survivors of sexual assault who may feel overwhelmed by the process or unsure about how to access care after they transition out.