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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

Sexual Assault

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

The goals of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program are to:

  • Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Army personnel, Army civilians, and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.
  • Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.
  • Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.
  • Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims' health and well-being.
  • Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.
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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program 

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness, prevention, training, education, victim advocacy response, reporting, and accountability. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) works for the Family Advocacy Program Manager within the Army Community Service (ACS) and is the commander’s source for implementing the installation SAPR Program. The SARC, Victim Advocate (VA) and Unit Victim Advocate (UVA) make up the SAPR advocacy team in non-deployed environments and ensure that a well-coordinated response system is available to Soldiers who fall victim to sexual assault. In deployed environments, the Deployable SARC (DSARC) and UVA make up the advocacy team. The DSARC and UVA are generally trained by the SARC prior to deploying to theater. Both the DSARC and UVA, as a collateral duty, can assist the SARC in providing services to Soldier victims while stationed at garrisons.

The SARC, VA, Healthcare Provider, and Chaplain are members of the SAPR Program protective sphere, and with whom victims can disclose sexual assault and receive medical, counseling, and advocacy services without triggering an investigation or notification to the command. Though the Army respects a victim’s right to self determination, the Army also favors unrestricted reporting, as this maximizes their opportunity to protect the victim from further harm and exercise authority to hold offenders accountable for the assault. An advocate can assist you with understanding the two options in reporting sexual assault. Advocates are available and on call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to respond to victims of sexual assault. Contact your local Army Community Service for more information.