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Prevention

Leaders across the Department of Defense (DoD ) are committed to reducing and stopping sexual assault so this crime does not harm our Service members who defend our nation.

Everyone has a role to play in fighting the crime of sexual assault.  The Defense Department’s overarching prevention guidance, the Prevention Plan of Action (PPoA), involves everyone at each echelon knowing their role, working collaboratively across organizations, and using data-informed actions and research-based prevention activities to eliminate sexual assault.

To effectively prevent sexual assault from happening in the first place, we are building on a decade of field experience and the latest in prevention science.  Across the Department, within each Service and the National Guard, prevention efforts are working toward ensuring that:

  • Leadership and a prevention workforce are appropriately trained and supported in their prevention roles;
  • Infrastructure, such as prevention-specific policy, resources and data systems; are in place to foster the implementation of effective and lasting prevention efforts;
  • Collaborative relationships exist within and across similarly invested organizations; and
  • Implementation of prevention activities draws on a thorough understanding of the problem, comprehensive planning, and continuous evaluation

By continuing to execute this prevention approach, the Department -- which includes more than 2 million members of our armed forces -- will remain contingency-ready, mission-focused, and closely connected to strategic allies and partnerships.

2019-2023 Prevention Plan of Action

The 2019-2023 Prevention Plan of Action (PPoA) was released by SAPRO on May 2, 2019 to guide the Department’s prevention efforts at each echelon of the military environment. The PPoA identifies the key military stakeholders and resources that make up the system needed to improve prevention efforts and lays the foundation for concrete action to address sexual assault in the military environment. To learn more, click here.

The 2019-2023 Prevention Plan of Action guides Department-wide prevention efforts at each echelon of the military environment…

“SAPR Connect" is an online platform for sexual assault prevention personnel to collaborate and share ideas, research, insights from experts, and news from the field…

DoD SAPRO works with the Military Services to recognize excellence in sexual assault prevention initiatives across the Department…