Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
The 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.
- D-SAACP DTM: Directive Type Memo (DTM) 14-001 was released on Jan. 14, 2014 in support of the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Read the DTM here and find more information on D-SAACP here.
- SAAM 2014: Sexual Assault Awareness Month is coming. The April 2014 theme is “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault.” Download materials here.
- Response Systems Panel: The Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel, as part of its Congressionally-mandated charter, released a report on January 29, 2014 stating that the authority vested in senior commanders to convene courts-martial under the UCMJ for sexual assault offenses should not be changed. Read the report here and find SAPRO briefings to the panel here.
- White House Council on Women and Girls Report: The White House released its Report, "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action," on Jan 22, 2014. Read the report here.
- MSA Report: DoD SAPRO submitted the Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013 to Congress, January 10, 2014. The Department's assessment found that the three Military Service Academies were compliant with sexual harassment and sexual assault policies for the academic program year. Read the MSA Report here and the SAGR Focus Group findings can be reviewed here.
- MSA Report: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a memorandum on January 10, 2014, directing the implementation of several essential measures that address the findings and recommendations in the Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013. You can find the memo here.
- MSA Report: The Department announced the release of its Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year 2012-2013. Find the news release here.
- Statement by the President of the United States: On December 20, 2013, President Obama commended the Department of Defense for its broad range of initiatives to reform the military justice system, improve and expand prevention programs, and enhance support for sexual assault victims, and urged continued dedication to making substantial improvements with respect to sexual assault prevention and response in the Armed Forces. You can read the White House statement here.
- Secretary of Defense Statement on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: On December 20th, 2013, following President Obama's direction to the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a statement that relayed the Department's commitment to build upon the significant progress we've made this past year. You can read the press release here.
- New SAPRO Director: The Department of Defense announced on Dec 16, 2013 that Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow will become the new director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in January 2014. The current director, Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, plans to retire next spring after serving for nearly 35 years in the U.S. Army. Read the press release here and find a SAPR Office fact sheet here.
- Special Victims Capability Report: DoD SAPRO delivered the Special Victims Capability (SVC) Report on Dec 12, 2013. The SVC Report presents the plan to deliver effective, timely, and responsive worldwide victim support, and a capability to investigate and prosecute allegations of special victim offenses including domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. Find the SVC Report here.
- DoDI 6400.7: DoD Instruction 6400.07 was released on Nov. 26, 2013, establishing policy, assigning responsibilities, and setting standards for victim assistance services within the military community. Find SAPRO’s Victim Assistance objectives and the DoDI 6400.07 here.
- SAPR designated as Chairman's #1 High Interest Training Issue for the Joint Force in the October 2013 Chairman's Joint Training Guidance. Read it here.
- Effective 1 Oct 2013, all DoD SARCs and SAPR VAs are professionally certified. Certified SARCs also have access to DSAID, a case management tool to ensure a comprehensive response for victims of sexual assault. Learn more here. To apply for D-SAACP certification in FY14, click here.
- The SAPR Source is back! Find the new edition here.
- Secretary Hagel announces SAPR Initiatives on 14 August 2013. Click here for the Directive Memo.
- DoD Inspector General (IG) Guidance requires all Military Criminal Investigative Organizations (MCIOs) to investigate all cases of sexual assault brought to their attention, regardless of the severity of the allegation. See DoD Instruction 5505.18 for details.