Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I make a CATCH entry?

Visit the CATCH website on your computer or mobile device at a time that’s convenient to you. You will use the web address and log-in information that your SARC or FAP Provider provided to you.

Do I have to provide my name?

No, you will not be asked for your name on the CATCH website; the process is anonymous. The CATCH website only asks for suspect information.

What information do you need about the suspect?

You can provide as much information as you can remember and feel comfortable sharing. Keep in mind that the more information you share, the more likely investigators will be able to identify and match the suspect to another report. The most useful information to help investigators identify a match are suspect name, rank and military affiliation; suspect phone number or social media profile; and date and location of the assault. You can also upload a photo of the suspect or send photos of the suspect through the mail. You can request the mailing address from the SARC or FAP Provider.

How long does it take to find a match?

Don’t expect a match to happen immediately. The CATCH database is not automated and each entry has to be assessed by agents at the MCIO Headquarters, which takes time. It will also depend on whether your entry matches against an existing CATCH entry or law enforcement investigation, or if there is a match in the future.

How will I be contacted if there is a match?

If there is a match, a SARC, Victim Advocate, or FAP Provider will contact you privately. Your name and information will remain anonymous until you decide to convert your Restricted Sexual Assault Report to Unrestricted and/or participate in an investigation. You can always say you don’t want to participate.

How long do you keep my entry in the CATCH system?

Each entry is kept for 10 years. You could be contacted at some time over the next 10 years if there is a match, as long as you don’t opt out and your contact information remains current with your SARC or FAP Provider.

How about my Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Kit?

The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Kit corresponding to your Restricted Sexual Assault Report will be retained for 10 years.

If I change my mind, can I opt out of the CATCH Program once I’ve made my entries?

Yes, you can opt out at any time – just tell the SARC or FAP Provider.

I have more questions. Who can I speak with before deciding to make a CATCH entry?

If you are eligible, your SARC, Victim Advocate, or FAP Provider can offer you a referral to a Special Victims’ Counsel (Army, Air Force) or Victims’ Legal Counsel (Navy, USMC), who is your personal attorney (not a prosecutor or a defense attorney). They can help answer your questions about the CATCH Program.

(877) 995-5247

If you need to speak to someone immediately, you can reach the DoD Safe Helpline for anonymous and confidential, 24/7 support at (877) 995-5247 or