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.


The Department of Defense is committed to eliminating sexual assault and establishing an environment of dignity and respect for every Service member.

DoD’s sexual assault prevention objective is to deliver consistent and effective prevention methods and programs. The desired end state is an atmosphere where cultural imperatives of mutual respect and trust, professional values, and team commitment are reinforced to create an environment where sexual assault is not tolerated, condoned, or ignored.

DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy

With the publication of the 2014-2016 Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy, the Secretary of Defense directed the Services to execute proactive and comprehensive sexual assault prevention programs in order to enable military readiness and reduce - with a goal to eliminate - sexual assault from the military. The Department used an existing proven prevention model and program elements to develop its sexual assault prevention strategy.

View the 2014-2016 DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy

Prevention Strategy Program Elements

The Department has determined that the sexual assault prevention programs that have demonstrated the greatest promise in reducing sexual assaults integrate a variety of practices in a multifaceted campaign. The following recommended elements should be included in sexual assault prevention programs: Leadership Involvement, Peer to Peer Mentorship, Education and Training, Accountability, Organizational Support, Community Involvement, Deterrence, Communication, Incentives, and Harm Reduction.

View the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy Program Elements