SAPRO Crest. Department of Defense: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response


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.

Law & DoD Policy

The Department of Defense oversees the implementation of all policies and standards of sexual assault prevention and response.

DoD & Services' Policy

The DoD Directives and Instructions provide overarching Department policy on sexual assault prevention and response, as well as additional details on what the SAPR program should contain for the Department of Defense and Military Services.

View DoD & Services' Policies here

Reporting Options

Under DoD SAPR Policy, Service members and their adult military dependents have two reporting options - Restricted Reporting and Unrestricted Reporting. Learn about the differences and details for each of these options along with a flowchart tool that lists the actions the military will take to respond to the report.

SAPR & the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the military’s rule of law as determined and amended by the United States Congress. The SAPR program addresses the criminal offenses of rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, and non-consensual sodomy.

View UCMJ sections related to SAPR and the full UCMJ manual here

Advisory & Oversight Structure

The advisory and oversight structure helps create, support and monitor the multi-faceted sexual assault response and prevention efforts within the DoD. From training and policy to research and outreach, these representatives help bring together our federal partners in the fight against sexual assault in the military and nation.

Learn more about the advisory and oversight structure

SAPR Policy Toolkit

As required by DoD Instruction 6495.02, the SAPR Policy Toolkit contains vital and useful forms and documents for Commanders, SARCs, and SAPR Victim Advocates in providing assistance to military victims of sexual assault.

View the items in the SAPR Policy Toolkit here