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Mission & History


The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) promotes military readiness by eliminating sexual assault and ensuring excellence in victim advocacy and prevention efforts through the execution of SAPR policy, planning, and oversight across the DoD Community.


img_sapro_crest.jpgDESCRIPTION: On a Dark Blue disc a Gold laurel wreath superimposed by three White Doric Greek columns with Silver Gray details on a base of three steps, on the top of the column capitals is a white lintel; centered on the columns is a Gold pentagon voided of the field interlaced with a Teal Blue Awareness Ribbon; all enclosed by a White designation band edged Gold inscribed "SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE" around the top and "DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE" in smaller letters all Teal Blue.

SYMBOLISM: The Teal Blue Awareness ribbon intertwined with the Pentagon highlights the DOD's commitment to "Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)." The Office of the Secretary of Defense SAPR works jointly with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force programs to prevent sexual assault and provide world class care to victims. Gold is emblematic of excellence and high ideals. The gold laurel branches are illustrative of the Department's commitment to partnering with the Services to reach our goals. The three columns represent the three program elements of prevention, victim-care and system accountability. The Old Glory Blue background is associated with the National colors and represents all five of the Armed Services. Blue is symbolic of loyalty, reliability and trustworthiness.