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 and DOJ Collaborate on Victim Advocate Training: DoD partnered with the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to develop the Advanced Military Sexual Assault Advocate Training (AMSAAT). Now available, this online training course provides credit toward required certification renewal for the Department's Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and SAPR Victim Advocates (VAs). Read the article here and learn more about the program here.
- Revised DD Form 2910 - "Victim Reporting Preference Statement:" DoD has revised and reissued the DD Form 2910, known as the "Victim Reporting Preference Statement," to reflect FY14 NDAA requirements and recent changes to the Department's SAPR policy. The updated form includes the mandatory retention of the DD Form 2910 for 50 years in both Restricted and Unrestricted Report cases, and a requirement that victims be notified of the availability of a Special Victims Counsel. A full list of all updates and the new DD Form 2910 can be found in the SAPR Policy Toolkit, here.
- DoD to Recognize Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation: DoD SAPRO is working with the military Services to identify innovative sexual assault prevention initiatives for Department recognition. Only nominations submitted to the military Services' SHARP and SAPR offices will be considered. The initiatives selected will be published for Commanders to utilize as the military continues its mission to reduce, with the goal to eliminate, sexual assault in the military. Read the article here. For more information on the 2014-2016 DoD Prevention strategy, click here.
- Response Systems Panel Issues Final Report: The Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel issued its final report on June 27, 2014. The Secretary of Defense established the panel to conduct an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses in the military, and to develop recommendations regarding how to improve the effectiveness of those systems. Find the final report here, along with an annex that includes reports from each of the panel's subcommittees.