SAPRO is the organization responsible for the oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) sexual assault policy. The Department of Defense is committed to the prevention of sexual assault. The Department has implemented a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety, dignity and well being of all members of the Armed Forces. Our men and women serving throughout the world deserve nothing less, and their leaders — both Military and civilian — are committed to maintaining a workplace environment that rejects sexual assault and reinforces prevention, response and accountability.
"Sexual assault is a terrible crime and more needs to be done in combating it. It is a national problem in our society, but we in the military hold ourselves to a higher standard. Sexual assault has no place in the military; it is an affront to the values that we defend and it erodes the cohesion our units demand."
"Underpinning our efforts is the need for enduring culture change – requiring leaders at all levels to foster a command climate from top to bottom where sexist behaviors, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned, or ignored; where dignity and respect are core values we must all live by and define how we treat one another; where a victim’s report is taken seriously, their privacy is protected, and they are treated with sensitivity; where bystanders are trained and motivated to intervene and prevent unsafe behaviors; and where offenders know they will be found and held appropriately accountable for their actions."
-Director, DoD SAPRO, Major General Gary S. Patton, U.S. Army
DoD-wide Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Mission Statement: The Department of Defense prevents and responds to the crime of sexual assault in order to enable military readiness and reduce -- with a goal to eliminate -- sexual assault from the military.
This website provides guidance, speeches & briefings and other information for victims of sexual assault, the individuals they turn to, unit commanders, first responders and others dealing with this sensitive issue. This site addresses confidentiality, reporting procedures and other elements of DoD's sexual assault policy as well as resources, safety tips, and links to related websites.