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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

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.


2016 Military Investigation and Justice Experience Survey Now Available

The 2016 Military Investigation and Justice Experience Survey (MIJES) is currently open and available through December 6, 2016. If you are a military survivor of sexual assault who reported the crime to military authorities and whose case was closed in the past year, you may have received an invitation to participate. This is an important opportunity to provide feedback that can directly enhance the Department’s programs and support. The MIJES is anonymous and responses provided will not be linked to you.

For more information about the survey, view the MIJES infographic. You may also contact your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC), or Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) or find contact information for these personnel at your base or installation.

Visit the Defense Manpower Data Center survey reporting page to view findings from the 2015 MIJES (CAC required).

DoD Recognizes Innovative Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault

DoD announced the recipients of the 2016 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.

FY15 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

The Department issued its congressionally mandated Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military on May 5, 2016. Find the FY15 Annual Report here.

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 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.

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

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.

Services' SAPR/SHARP Offices