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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DoD Renames Exceptional SARC of the Year Award in Honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Blanc

The Department of Defense announced May 19 that it is renaming an award recognizing exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Blanc.  The DOD also recognized six SARCs for the honor, now known as the “Liz Blanc Exceptional SARC of the Year Award.

Safe Helpline Releases Video on the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)

The video provides SAFE information to survivors, their loved ones, and the entire DoD community. It addresses questions such as when can someone get a SAFE, what happens during a SAFE, and the role of a SARC or SAPR VA during or after a SAFE.

Safe Helpline Releases Self-Guided Program, “Brainstorming to Support Healing”

This new program provides an accessible way for responders to review, develop, and practice approaches to brainstorming with survivors of sexual assault in the DoD community.

DoD Release FY19 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

The Department issued its congressionally mandated Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military on April 30, 2020.

DoD Releases APY 2018-2019 MSA Report

The Department issued its congressionally mandated Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year (APY) 2018-2019. Find the APY18-19 report here.

Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program

The new Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) Program gives victims of sexual assault making a Restricted Report an opportunity to anonymously disclose suspect information to help the Department of Defense identify repeat offenders. To learn more about the CATCH Program, click here.

DoD Releases the Prevention Plan of Action
The Prevention Plan of Action updates the strategic approach to prevent sexual assault to ensure an environment where every DoD Member receives the dignity and respect they deserve. Learn more here.
DEOMI and SAPRO Partner to Launch Tools

SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Military Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs. In collaboration with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), SAPRO is dedicated to providing the resources commanders need to address issues identified by the Defense Organizational Climate Survey (DEOCS).
DEOMI and SAPRO partnered to launch a series of new tools and products, such as videos and interactive training modules, to increase knowledge and awareness of behaviors that impact command climate and offer ideas on how leaders might respond to the DEOCS feedback
Visit the DEOMI DEOCS Assessment to Solutions site.

DoD Retaliation Prevention and Response Strategy Implementation Plan

The DoD Retaliation Prevention and Response Strategy: Regarding Sexual Assault and Harassment Reports outlined five issue areas that identified how the Department and the Military Services will prevent and respond to retaliation related to reports of sexual assault or complaints of sexual harassment.
The Department released the accompanying DoD Retaliation Prevention and Response Implementation Plan, which details how DoD and the Military Services, to include the National Guard Bureau (NGB), will execute tasks in the identified issue areas and institutionalize a comprehensive and consistent approach to retaliation prevention and response across the Department related to reports of sexual assault and complaints of sexual harassment. Moving forward, the Military Services will align their Service retaliation prevention and response strategic policies and plans with the RPRS and this implementation plan.

DoD Plan to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault of Military Men

Sexual assault destroys unit cohesion and threatens the readiness of our troops by eroding bonds of trust that make our military strong and effective. The Department released the DoD Plan to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault of Military Men to ensure its existing programs and services meet the needs of all Service members. View the Plan.

Safe Helpline's Follow-up Support Service

Safe Helpline provides users with the option to receive follow-up support, connecting them with additional resources to aid in their recovery. Follow-up support is entirely optional and available to those who have not yet filed a report or connected with their SARC or Victim Advocate. A phone number is the only personal identifying information (PII) that is required. Find more information.