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Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) represents the Secretary of Defense as the central authority charged with preventing sexual assault in the military and facilitating recovery for survivors. Our mission is to promote military readiness by reducing sexual assault through prevention, advocacy, and execution of SAPR Program policy, planning, and oversight across the DoD Community. 

SAPRO collaborates with the Military Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response policies and programs. It also facilitates the sharing and adoption of best practices across the Services. SAPRO’s efforts are aligned with the National Defense Strategy and informed by DoD’s SAPR Strategy, the Prevention Plan of Action, and relevant guiding policies. DoD is also committed to the implementation of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military’s recommendations to systemically improve prevention, climate and culture, victim care and support, and accountability.