Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.
- SAPR Training Core Competencies and Learning Objectives: DoD announces Service implementation of updated SAPR training core competencies and learning objectives for Accessions, Annual Refresher, Pre- and Post-Deployment, Professional Military Education, Pre-Command and Senior Enlisted Leaders, SARCs/SAPR VAs and Chaplains. Review the training documents here and read about the training implementation here.
- SAPR Source: Read DoD SAPRO’s latest edition of the Newsletter here.
- SAAM 2014: DoD SAPRO Director, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, U.S. Army, delivered his Sexual Assault Awareness Month message at Fort Belvoir. Watch the full briefing here and find his remarks here.
- SAAM 2014: Secretary Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey provided their Sexual Assault Awareness Month Video Message to the Force. View it here.
- SAAM 2014: The United States Army issued its Sexual Assault Awareness Month message. Find it here. More information can also be found in Army’s “Stand To!” newsletter here.
- SAAM 2014: President Barack Obama issued his Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation. Find it here.
- NEW Radio PSA: Because Sexual Assault Awareness is important in April and every month, listen to this radio public service announcement and make good use of it within your command all year long.
- New Video Public Service Announcements: Three new video public service announcements dedicated to sexual assault prevention and response are hitting military airwaves worldwide. View the Defense Media Activity PSAs here.
- Navy Blog: DoD SAPRO Director, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow met with Navy leaders at Norfolk, Virginia, accompanied by Rear Adm. Sean Buck, on Mar 13, 2014. Find the blog entry here.
- SAAM 2014: Sexual Assault Awareness Month is here. The April 2014 theme is “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault.” New materials are added regularly as they become available - download them here.
- D-SAACP DTM: Directive Type Memo (DTM) 14-001 was released on Jan. 14, 2014 in support of the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Read the DTM here and find more information on D-SAACP here.
- Response Systems Panel: The Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel, as part of its Congressionally-mandated charter, released a report on January 29, 2014 stating that the authority vested in senior commanders to convene courts-martial under the UCMJ for sexual assault offenses should not be changed. Read the report here and find SAPRO briefings to the panel here.
- White House Council on Women and Girls Report: The White House released its Report, "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action," on Jan 22, 2014. Read the report here.
- MSA Report: DoD SAPRO submitted the Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013 to Congress, January 10, 2014. The Department's assessment found that the three Military Service Academies were compliant with sexual harassment and sexual assault policies for the academic program year. Read the MSA Report here and the SAGR Focus Group findings can be reviewed here.
- MSA Report: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a memorandum on January 10, 2014, directing the implementation of several essential measures that address the findings and recommendations in the Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013. You can find the memo here.
- MSA Report: The Department announced the release of its Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013. Find the news release here.
- Statement by the President of the United States: On December 20, 2013, President Obama commended the Department of Defense for its broad range of initiatives to reform the military justice system, improve and expand prevention programs, and enhance support for sexual assault victims, and urged continued dedication to making substantial improvements with respect to sexual assault prevention and response in the Armed Forces. You can read the White House statement here.
- Secretary of Defense Statement on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: On December 20th, 2013, following President Obama's direction to the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a statement that relayed the Department's commitment to build upon the significant progress we've made this past year. You can read the press release here.
- Special Victims Capability Report: DoD SAPRO delivered the Special Victims Capability (SVC) Report on Dec 12, 2013. The SVC Report presents the plan to deliver effective, timely, and responsive worldwide victim support, and a capability to investigate and prosecute allegations of special victim offenses including domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. Find the SVC Report here.
- DoDI 6400.7: DoD Instruction 6400.07 was released on Nov. 26, 2013, establishing policy, assigning responsibilities, and setting standards for victim assistance services within the military community. Find SAPRO’s Victim Assistance objectives and the DoDI 6400.07 here.