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.
- DoD Releases Retaliation Strategy: The Department announced the release of its "Retaliation Prevention and Response Strategy: Regarding Sexual Assault and Harassment Reports." Find the strategy and fact sheet here.
- DoD Releases 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 2014-2015. Find the report here and access the press release here.
- DCoE 2016 Webinar Series Calendar Released: The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) released their 2016 Webinar Series Calendar. Some of these webinars represent an opportunity for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help maintain the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) Credential. For information about registration and continuing education credit, visit dcoe.mil/webinars.
- Safe Helpline's Follow-up Support Service: Safe Helpline now provides users with the option to receive follow-up support, connecting them with additional resources to aid in their recovery. Follow-up support is entirely optional and available to those who have not yet filed a report or connected with their SARC or Victim Advocate. A phone number is the only personally identifying information (PII) that is required. Find more information here.
- Retaliation Reporting through Safe Helpline: Members of the DoD community can now anonymously report retaliation through a secure web form at safehelpline.org. If you have experienced or witnessed retaliation, report your incident through this form directly to SAPRO leadership. Alternately, users have the option to share their personally identifiable information (PII) with the DoD Inspector General (IG) Hotline to begin the official retaliation reporting process. Find the DoD IG here, or to make a report, visit Safe Helpline.
- DoD Recognizes Innovative Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault: DoD announced the recipients of the 2015 Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award. The award honors groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively affect sexual assault prevention. The goal of the award is to spark creativity and incentivize efforts to address sexual assault prevention. Check out the DoD News article for the list of this year's awardees.
- Updated SAPR DoD Instruction 6495.02 Published: The updated DoD Instruction 6495.02 has been published. The updates implement requirements outlined in the NDAAs, initiatives directed by the Secretary of Defense, formal recommendations from the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), and new substantive changes to address areas of need. The updated DoD Instruction 6495.02 is viewable here, and an Info Paper can be found here.
- SAPR.mil Expands D-SAACP Continuing Education Information: Expanded online continuing education opportunities that meet Victim Advocacy Ethics or Advocacy / Prevention requirements to maintain D-SAACP certification can be found on the D-SAACP Information page, here.
- SAPR Policy Toolkit Updated:The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations has been added to the SAPR Policy Toolkit, found here.
- Victim Assistance Section Expansion: Guidance for those seeking sexual assault assistance for themselves, for a friend or colleague, or for someone they supervise can now be found here.
- Need Sexual Assault Survivor Assistance?: Whether your status is Active Duty, Reserve Component, Transitioning, Veteran, DoD Civilian, adult DoD Dependent, or DoD Contractor, as a sexual assault survivor or someone who assists survivors, you can find useful information and resources here.