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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

SAPR Source

Welcome to SAPR Source!

SAPR Source is an authoritative, one-stop shop for SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other SAPR professionals to access timely updates 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!

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    What’s New?

    • New! - Know Your Rights, Know Your Options Slick Sheet: SAPRO has developed a tool for SARCs and SAPR VAs to give more information about the legal and policy protections available to survivors. Whether it is at the initial meeting or later intake, the SARCs and SAPR VAs can use this product is to help victims make more informed decisions to move forward by highlighting certain protections. You can printed it on glossy paper whenever you see fit.

    • NOVA's Educational Crisis Response Webinars: DoD SAPRO recognizes the need for additional tools and resources in light of recent national events. Led by seasoned NOVA-trained crisis responders, these webinars will cover crisis reaction, long-term stress, and recovery issues in an effort to normalize the emotional and physical reactions many may experience in the aftermath of such a tragedy. In addition, NOVA will direct participants to their local victim assistance programs for ongoing support, counseling referrals if needed and victims compensation information. For more information, please see

    • Now Available - Self-Serve Ethics Presentation:DoD SAPRO has added an ethics presentation to the “Tools and Resources” section to be used by SARCs to train SAPR personnel on important ethics considerations. This presentation was given by our Senior Victim Assistance Advisor and has been adapted to fit a broader audience. All questions and clarifications are answered in the “Notes” sections. Please note, presenters are not able to receive CEU credits for giving this presentation; however, audience members are able to receive one CEU credit.

    • Now Available – NOVA Presentations and RADM Ann Burkhardt’s Speech: Did you miss last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event? Check out four of the presentations delivered by SAPRO and read RADM Burkhardt’s opening address. Click on the links below to download today! RADM Ann Burkhardt’s opening address delivered at NOVA’s 43rd Annual Training Event DoD Safe Helpline – The First Step on the Path to Reporting and Accessing Services Sexual Assault Reporting and Retaliation DoD’s Approach to Prevention Responding to Male Sexual Assault: State of the Science

    • Thank You, Military Monday Morning Attendees! DoD SAPRO hosted nearly 600 members of the DoD SAPR Community at Military Monday Morning, a pre-conference event at last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event in San Diego, CA. THANK YOU for your overwhelming participation, questions, and insights from the field. Your feedback will help inform program enhancements as we continue to work together to address military sexual assault.

    • New Safe Helpline Resource: As of June 12, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline offers a new anonymous, self-paced, online program called Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault. This resource is specially designed to help restore resiliency in cadets, midshipmen, and other Service members who may have been victims of sexual assault or abuse prior to entering military service. To explore this new 24/7 resource for survivors, check it out on or the Safe Helpline app. The course has been approved for 1 D-SAACP CEU.

    • What's New Archives

      • Check out SAPR Connect: Do you know about SAPR Connect, 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.

        To join today:

        • New to milSuite? Contact Ms. Josephine C. Montoya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get information on how to register using your CAC.
        • Have a milSuite account? Simply search for "DoD SAPR Connect" on milBook to request membership.
      • Now Available – FY16 Annual Report Fact Sheet: Find the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Annual Report Fact Sheet under the “Tools & Resources” tab on SAPR Source. This overview provides key highlights and statistics from the DoD FY16 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military and 2016 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA), including top line results and the Department’s way forward.

      • New SAPRO Director: RADM Ann M. Burkhardt was appointed Director, DoD SAPRO on 5 April 2017. Check out her official bio here.

      • Honoring Exceptional SARCs: Congratulations to the six 2017 Exceptional SARC Award recipients recognized in April! Read the article here.

      • New Support for Male Survivors: As of May 14, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline hosts Safe HelpRoom sessions for military men every Sunday from 1300-1500 EST. These sessions provide men with a confidential and anonymous space to connect and share their experiences with other survivors. Download the flyer here.

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    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 for information and resources on SAPR policy.


    Want to better understand SAPR policy? Download the Policy Summaries.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Is a dependent victim (17 or younger) sexually assaulted by a non-family member or non-custodial perpetrator, covered by SAPR policy? (Ex: 15-year-old dependent sexually assaulted by a neighbor or a 15-year-old classmate)

    No. Per DoDI 6495.02, Applicability (a)(3) only military dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the Military Health System, and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner are covered under the SAPR program. The SARC will refer to the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). While FAP covers children who are sexually assaulted by a parent of caregiver, per DoDI 6400.01, Family Advocacy Program, February 13, 2015, page 2, subsection "e", It is policy to "[p]rovide appropriate resource and referral information to persons who are not covered by this instruction, who are victims of alleged child abuse or domestic abuse."

    Does the Case Management Group (CMG) Chair have to be a military member?

    Yes. Per DoDI 6495.02, the intent that the CMG Chair be a military member is expressed in the use of the language "installation commander" or "deputy installation commander" as having the responsibility to chair the CMG. The DoDI 6495.02 use of the "installation commander or deputy installation commander" stands on the assumption that these billets are occupied by military members.

    However, the DoDI 6495.02 recognizes there are instances where the billet of “Chief of Staff” serves as the “deputy installation commander” and that the Chief of Staff may be a civilian. In the latter situation, if the Chief of Staff possesses the requisite authorities associated with the billet, then they are in compliance with the DoDI 6495.02 intent. Looking at it from a policy perspective, the most important variable is the ability for the CMG Chair to direct, through authority, the "action" of stakeholders in those instances a victim of sexual assault is not getting the care/support they need.

    Does DoD SAPRO decide which SARC has access to DSAID?

    No. Access into DSAID is determined at the Service SAPR Headquarter level per the Service SAPR policy. Inquiries regarding access to DSAID should be directed to the Service SAPR Headquarters.

    Does the CMG automatically transfer when a victim is granted an Expedited Transfer?

    No. Whether or not the CMG transfers in an Expedited Transfer depends on two variables. First, the victim receiving the Expedited Transfer must elect to continue to receive the SAPR advocacy services of a SARC or SAPR VA at the new installation. Second, there is an ongoing criminal investigation and legal proceeding at the prior installation.

    • If the victim wants continued advocacy services, then the CMG generally transfers with the victim, unless there is a special reason to keep the CMG at the original location.
    • If the victim declines ongoing advocacy, but the criminal case is ongoing, then the CMG remains at the original location.
    • If there are no continuing advocacy services requested and the criminal case is closed, then there are no further CMGs.
  • CEU Credits Event Date Time Location
    Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault (Online Program) Self-paced N/A Safe HelpRoom
    Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Self-paced N/A
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 19 November 2017 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 26 November 2017 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom

    This symbol denotes events that offer continuing education unit (CEU) hours that can be used for renewing your DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) credentials.

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    We want to hear from you! If you would like to provide feedback about the SAPR Program, contact SAPRO via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Based on your feedback, SAPRO will continue to update SAPR Source with the commitment of providing you timely, relevant content.