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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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.

OPA Survey Available Online from June 8 – July 20, 2021 for SAPR Response Personnel

The 2021 QSAR survey administered by the Office of People Analytics (OPA) is seeking to cultivate insights on perceptions of SAPR programs. Participation in the confidential survey is highly encouraged. Find more information about the survey here.

DoD Releases FY20 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

The Department issued its Congressionally mandated Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military on May 13, 2021. Find the FY20 Annual Report here and additional resources here.

SAPRO Announces Recipients of the 2021 Liz Blanc SARC of the Year and Promoting Excellence in Prevention Awards

The Department of Defense (DOD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) recognized recipients of the 2021 Liz Blanc Exceptional SARC of the Year Award and the Promoting Excellence in Prevention Award on April 27. Learn more here.

DoD Releases APY 2019-2020 MSA Report

The Department issued its Congressionally mandated Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies, Academic Program Year (APY) 2019-2020. Find the MSA APY 19-20 report 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.

Meet Professionals From Each Military Service Who Are Ready to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Meet some of the sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) victim advocates from each military service who are ready to assist sexual assault survivors. Learn more here.

CATCH a Serial Offender Program Available for Sexual Assault Victims amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The Department of Defense announced that the CATCH a Serial Offender program continues to be available for sexual assault victims amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.

DoD releases updated DD Form 2965

An updated Department of Defense Form 2965, DSAID Data Form, is now available. This form is a tool for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates to use to capture information to be entered into DSAID when direct data entry is not possible. Form can be found here.

DoD's Online Resources: Support is Just a Call or Click Away

The Department of Defense highlights its continued commitment to provide resources for sexual assault survivors throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. DoD Safe Helpline, Military OneSource and Military Crisis Line are among the support that’s just a call or click away. Additional information about each resource is available here.

DoD Continues Sexual Assault Support Services Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Defense announced that help for sexual assault survivors has not diminished during the National Emergency declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details on how the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team is continuing to support sexual assault survivors can be found here.

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.