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Pararescuemen assigned to the 57th Rescue Squadron use the Jaws of Life to tear apart a vehicle's roof to remove a mock victim during a combat search and rescue demonstration at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England (one of the pilot projects locations), April 21, 2016. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

Victims of sexual assault at seven major Air Force installations now have additional avenues by which they can seek help. If the service’s Integrated Response Co-Location Pilot program proves effective, it could expand to include the entire Air Force and Space Force.

Under the pilot program, the installations will provide a sexual assault response coordinator, prevention and response victim advocate, domestic abuse victim advocate, counsel and religious support team under one roof.

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“Co-locating support services for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence is meant to help victims easily navigate available resources,” said Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, who oversaw the program’s establishment. “We’re committed to increasing awareness of response services, minimizing the number of times a victim has to tell their story, and collecting the data to improve response and prevention efforts.”

The installations are: Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; Vandenberg Space Force Base, California; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

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