Welcome to SAPR Source!
SAPR Source is an authoritative, one-stop shop for SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other SAPR professionals to access timely information on victim assistance and prevention efforts, activities and events, tools and guidance, and important program and policy updates. SAPR Source is updated monthly or as-needed with key information and resources.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!
- New! DoD Safe Helpline's new, animated, informational video on sexual assault forensic exams (SAFEs) is now available on the Safe Helpline website.
- The video was designed to provide clear, concise information about SAFEs to survivors, their loved ones, and the entire DoD community. The video addresses questions such as when can someone get a SAFE, what happens during a SAFE, and what is the role of a SARC or SAPR VA during or after a SAFE?
- You can also download a copy of the video from the Safe Helpline store.
- New! SAPRO released the Victim Advocacy Initial Skills Assessment Tool to help provide structured observation and feedback to SARCs and SAPR VAs during their initial training. This tool is a way to identify areas of strength, remediation, and growth based on the D-SAACP core competencies
- The tool may be used by course facilitators or instructors during initial SAPR training. Additionally, it may be used by SARCs to support the development of SARCs or SAPR VAs whom they supervise.
- It is not to be used as a replacement for any formal performance assessment and evaluation of SARCs and SAPR VAs.
- New! Safe Helpline's newest self-guided program, Brainstorming to Support Healing, is now available. The program provides an accessible way for responders to review, develop, and practice approaches to brainstorming with survivors of sexual assault in the DoD community.
- This resource was specifically designed for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates to build upon their existing skills and practice brainstorming techniques and skills they can utilize when working with survivors and their loved ones.
- You can find it on safehelpline.org or the Safe Helpline app for easy, 24/7 access. Please note that self-paced programs can only be completed once for D-SAACP credit. Taking the same course again will not result in an additional credit. Find more information at https://safehelpline.org/brainstorming-to-support-healing.
- New! The 2020 National Organization of Victim Assistance training event is going virtual. Register and learn more here.
- The Safe Helpline App is the one-stop shop for Safe Helpline resources on the go! Download today on the App Store or Google Play.
- Safe Helpline Printed Outreach Materials are available for free; order here.
- Safe Helpline Outreach Toolkit: Materials include Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), ways to talk about Safe Helpline with your community, and DoD SAPRO-approved content to share on social media. Sharing the Safe Helpline FAQs with leadership on your base or installation can also be an easy way to educate them on what Safe Helpline has to offer. Download the Outreach Toolkit here.
- New Year, New Forms! Visit the Forms page to access the latest.
- Learn more about the Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH Program). Click here to access helpful SARC talking points, FAQs, and more resources, or access the CATCH training course on Joint Knowledge Online by following these instructions.
- Thank you for attending the National Organization of Victim Assistance training event in Phoenix, Arizona! You may find all the DoD SAPRO presentations from NOVA 2019 on SAPR Connect.
- Not a member? SAPR Connect is the Department's only virtual Community of Practice (CoP) dedicated to sexual assault prevention. SAPR Connect is located on milSuite, the DoD's CAC-enabled and secure social media site. Find more information on how to become a member here.
- DoD Safe Helpline is excited to announce the release of Suicide 101: Responding to Suicidal Ideation Among Survivors of Sexual Assault. This new, self-guided, online educational module seeks to help Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocates (VAs) support survivors of sexual assault who may be managing suicidal ideation
- This module can be completed anonymously, or SARCs and SAPR VAs looking for additional information on this topic can complete the course for one hour of D-SAACP credit. Find it on safehelpline.org or the Safe Helpline app for easy, 24/7 access.
- Self-Paced Educational Programs: In addition to Suicide 101, Safe Helpline offers the following courses:
Remember, Help is Always Available! Find the nearest SARC and chat with Safe Helpline staff at safehelpline.org.
- Are you looking for new ways to support survivors of sexual assault on your base or installation? Local Safe HelpRoom can help.
- Local Safe HelpRoom provides an environment for survivors to safely and anonymously receive peer-to-peer support while removing common barriers to accessing in-person care, including time, cost, distance, and scheduling.
- By hosting your own Local Safe HelpRoom, you will be able to provide tailored assistance for your own community by identifying topics and creating discussions that best fit the needs of your local population.
- Learn more about how you can become a Local Safe HelpRoom moderator and start hosting live group chats for your community here.
- Check Out DoD’s Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Sessions: Attend the Male Survivor Sessions here.
- Safe Helpline Resources: Safe Helpline has a variety of resources to add to your existing cache of information on sexual assault and harassment.
- Safe Helpline Printed Outreach Materials: available for free order here.
- Safe Helpline Outreach Toolkit: Materials include frequently asked questions (FAQs), ways to talk about Safe Helpline with your community, and DoD SAPRO approved content to share on social media. Sharing the Safe Helpline FAQs with leadership on your base or installation can also be an easy way to educate them on what Safe Helpline has to offer. Download the Outreach Toolkit here!
The Department is committed to being a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual assault.
DoD and each of the military Services have issued policy to assure compliance with our mission and the rule of military law. DoD Directive 6495.01 establishes the broad policy parameters of the SAPR Program for the Department.
Check out the Policy webpage on SAPR.mil for information and resources on SAPR policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam?
|Brainstorming to Support Healing||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|Suicide 101: Responding to Suicidal Ideation Among Survivors of Sexual Assault (Online Program)||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||Every Sunday||1300-1500||Safe HelpRoom|
|Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault (Online Program)||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|How to Support A Survivor (Online Program)||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|Safe Helpline 101||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
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Based on your feedback, SAPRO will continue to update SAPR Source with the commitment of providing you timely, relevant content.