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.
- DoD and DOJ Collaborate on Victim Advocate Training: DoD partnered with the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to develop the Advanced Military Sexual Assault Advocate Training (AMSAAT). Now available, this online training course provides credit toward required certification renewal for the Department's Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and SAPR Victim Advocates (VAs). Read the article here and learn more about the program here.
- August 2014 SAPR Prevention Webinar: SAPR Program Managers, Commanders, SARCs and SAPR VAs - DoD announces a SAPR Prevention Webinar on August 6, 2014 - 1400 to 1530 ET. The 2014-2016 DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy is the topic, presented by Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, DoD SAPRO Prevention Team Lead, Dr. Andra Tharp, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Division of Violence Prevention, and Dr. Nathan Galbreath, DoD SAPRO Senior Executive Advisor. Find more information and register here.
- Revised DD Form 2910 - "Victim Reporting Preference Statement:" DoD has revised and reissued the DD Form 2910, known as the "Victim Reporting Preference Statement," to reflect FY14 NDAA requirements and recent changes to the Department's SAPR policy. The updated form includes the mandatory retention of the DD Form 2910 for 50 years in both Restricted and Unrestricted Report cases, and a requirement that victims be notified of the availability of a Special Victims Counsel. A full list of all updates and the new DD Form 2910 can be found in the SAPR Policy Toolkit, here.
- DoD to Recognize Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation: DoD SAPRO is working with the military Services to identify innovative sexual assault prevention initiatives for Department recognition. Only nominations submitted to the military Services' SHARP and SAPR offices will be considered. The initiatives selected will be published for Commanders to utilize as the military continues its mission to reduce, with the goal to eliminate, sexual assault in the military. Read the article here.
- Response Systems Panel Issues Final Report: The Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel issued its final report on June 27, 2014. The Secretary of Defense established the panel to conduct an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses in the military, and to develop recommendations regarding how to improve the effectiveness of those systems. Find the final report here, along with an annex that includes reports from each of the panel's subcommittees.
- SAPRO Briefing to DACOWITS, June 12, 2014: DoD SAPRO Deputy Director, Col. Alan Metzler, USAF, briefed the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Find the brief here.
- SAPR.mil Expands Prevention Information: Details of the newly released 2014‐2016 Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy can be found on the SAPR.mil Prevention Page which has added resources for Commanders, SARCs, and SAPR Victim Advocates. Read details regarding the Prevention Strategy and the multifaceted Program Elements, as the Department continues to intensify its prevention efforts.
- Response Systems Panel Briefing, May 5, 2014: DoD SAPRO Director, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow briefed the Response Systems Panel. Find the brief here.
- New D-SAACP Commander's Guide: Military Commanders preparing to select or recommend a SARC and/or SAPR VA now have a useful new tool to aid the process. Find the new DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) Commander's Guide here.
- DoD FY13 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military: The Department issued its Congressionally mandated Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military and the Secretary of Defense directed the release of the SAPR Prevention Strategy on May 01, 2014. Find the FY13 Annual Report here and the Directive Memo and SAPR Prevention Strategy here.
- DoD FY13 Annual Report: Read the press release on the FY13 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military here. For highlights of the Report, find a fact sheet here.
- DoD FY13 Annual Report: Secretary of Defense briefed the Pentagon Press Corps on the release of the Department's FY13 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. Read the transcript with his opening remarks here, review the presentation here by DoD SAPRO Director, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow and Senior Executive Advisor Dr. Nathan Galbreath, and view the full coverage of the press briefing here.
- Recent SAPRO Briefings: DoD SAPRO Deputy Director, Col. Alan Metzler, USAF, recently presented two briefings; one to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Defense Chiefs of Police Section Mid Year Meeting on April 10, and the other, to the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Trafficking on April 23. Find both briefs here.
- White House Task Force Releases "Not Alone" Report to Combat Sexual Assault on College and University Campuses: The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its inaugural report offering action steps and recommendations to protect students from sexual violence and ensure victims know they are not alone. Read the White House blog here and find more information at www.NotAlone.gov.
- New DoD Policy Provides Increased Victim Protections: DoD Instruction 1332.14 (enlisted service members) and DoD Instruction 1332.30 (regular and reserve commissioned officers) provide increased protections for sexual assault victims who are being separated from service. Find these DoD Instructions for commissioned officers and enlisted service members' separations here.
- DoD Instruction 6495.02 Update: DoDI 6495.02 has been updated to align with required provisions in the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act including: support for the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) - DTM 14-001; and policy to implement the DoD Special Victims Capability for the DoD Inspector General - DTM 14-002 and the Office of Legal Policy - DTM 14-003. Find the updated 6495.02 documents here.
- SAPRO Director’s "Multi-Disciplinary" Message: Director of SAPRO, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow describes the Department’s multi-disciplinary approach to address the crime of sexual assault in the military. Read the article addressing the topic here, watch his Pentagon Channel interview here, and find DMA’s blog on the subject here.
- Sensitive Positions Screening Directive: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel directed the identification of common criteria and standards for screening, selection, training and, as applicable, certification/licensure of sensitive positions that directly engage with our newest and most vulnerable Service members on April 17, 2014. Read the Directive Memo here.
- SAPR Training Core Competencies and Learning Objectives: DoD announces Service implementation of updated SAPR training core competencies and learning objectives for Accessions, Annual Refresher, Pre- and Post-Deployment, Professional Military Education, Pre-Command and Senior Enlisted Leaders, SARCs/SAPR VAs and Chaplains. Review the training documents here and read about the training implementation here.
- SAPR Source: Read DoD SAPRO’s latest edition of the Newsletter here.