DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

DoD 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.

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VALIANT Community of Practice Launches for Sexual Assault Response Workforce

SAPRO is excited to announce the launch of VALIANT (Victim Advocates Learning, Innovating, and Networking Together), a new DoD online community of practice for Sexual Assault Response Workforce (SARW) personnel. To learn more and become a member, click here.

CATCH a Serial Offender Program Introduction Training Now Available on Joint Knowledge Online (JKO)

The CATCH a Serial Offender Program training provides a basic overview of the program. To learn more and participate in training, click here.

Sexual Violence Support Experiences Study (SVSES) Launches​

The SVSES allows the DoD to learn directly from Service members about their experiences with sexual violence, and specifically sexual assault. Information from the study will provide the DoD with information to inform improvements to SAPR programs and policies. To learn more and take the survey, click here.

DoD Releases FY22 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military​

The Department issued its Congressionally-mandated Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military on April 27, 2023. The FY22 Annual Report can be found here.

DoD Releases APY 2021-2022 MSA Report​

The Department issued its congressionally mandated Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies (MSA), Academic Program Year (APY) 2021-2022. Find the MSA APY 2021-2022 report here.

SAPRO launches Men’s SAPR Campaign

SAPRO has launched the Men’s SAPR Campaign, designed to raise awareness of sexual assaults experienced by our male Service members. The campaign materials provide vital education, share important resources, and promote ongoing discussions of sexual assault and the spectrum of harm within the military.  More information about the campaign can be found here.

November 10, 2021 DSD Memo: Updates to SAPR Policy

The Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum, “Updates to Department of Defense Policy and Procedures for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program and Adult Sexual Assault Investigations,” establishes key updates to SAPR policies. Policy updates can be found here.

IRC Recommendations on Countering Sexual Assault in the Military

The Independent Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault in the Military made 82 recommendations in four priority areas: accountability; prevention; climate and culture; and victim care and support. The full report of the IRC can be found here.

DoD Releases FY21-25 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Research Agenda

The FY21–25 DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Research Agenda defines key research priorities to synchronize and focus the Department’s research on topics and methods that have the potential to result in short- and long-term improvements in sexual assault prevention and response in the Armed Forces. Learn more here.