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.
- Updated Commander’s Checklist for Unrestricted Reports: Updates to DoD SAPR policy are reflected in a new Commander’s Checklist for Unrestricted Reports. The document serves as a baseline for the first 30 days for the commander's response to adult sexual assault victim(s), alleged offender(s), and unit in the event of an Unrestricted Report of sexual assault. Find the updated checklist here, and find the listing of DoD and Services’ SAPR Policies here.
- Call for Exceptional SARC Nominations: DoD SAPRO supports the Services in recognizing the Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) of the year during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, in April 2015. Nominations should be sent directly to the Services. Read more about the award here.
- Incentives to Prevent Sexual Assault: A multifaceted approach is required for the development of a successful sexual assault prevention program. To ensure Commanders are successful, DoD SAPRO assists the military Services and commands with a variety of program elements, including incentives. Read more about prevention incentives here, and view the full listing of prevention program elements here.
- SAPR Source: Read DoD SAPRO's latest edition of the newsletter here.
- D-SAACP Application Deadline Approaching: The latest quarterly D-SAACP application deadline is January 31, 2015. Submissions for first-time and renewal applications will be reviewed by the D-SAACP Review Committee for end of Q2 FY15 approval. Find information on how to submit your application here.
- Sexual Assault Response Reporting Options: Military victims of sexual assault have two ways to report the incident -- an Unrestricted Report which triggers an official investigation and a Restricted Report which keeps the victim's personal information confidential, even from the chain of command. Read more about these Reporting Options here.
- DoD Delivers SAPR Report to the White House: The Department released the findings of a report on the DoD's recent progress in addressing the issue of sexual assault within the military. As directed by the President, the report assesses recent reforms to the military justice system, demonstrates key programmatic initiatives, and includes clear benchmarks and metrics to measure effectiveness. Read the Report here, an Executive Summary of the Report, the Secretary of Defense's Initiatives and Fact Sheet here, and find DoD SAPRO's Press Briefing here.
- SAAPM 2015: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is coming. The April 2015 theme is "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part." View and download materials here.